Tag Archive: Rubin


Andy Rubin was reportedly paid $9 million to leave his own venture firm

Rubin left Playground in late-May earlier this year.

What you need to know A new report reveals that Andy Rubin was paid $ 9 million to leave Playground Global back in May. Playground Global is a venture firm that Rubin founded In 2015. Rubin “no longer has any economic interest in or any ongoing roles at Playground Global or the related funds.”

Earlier this week, Essential founder — and Android creator — Andy Rubin found himself in the  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin teases wild new smartphone design on Twitter

It’s tall but skinny.

Andy Rubin on Tuesday teased… something. The Android co-founder Tweeted images of a wild new smartphone concept that looks ready for your pocket. Is it the Essential Phone 2? Is it something completely different? We don’t really know. All we know now is that it looks weird.

New UI for radically different formfactor pic.twitter.com/Es8hFrTuxx

— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 8, 2019

Rubin called the device a “radically different form factor” with  [Read More…]

Unsealed court documents accuse Andy Rubin of running a ‘sex ring’

Andy Rubin made payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars for a string of affairs.

What you need to know A civil complaint filed by Rie Hirabaru Rubin says Andy Rubin conspired to defraud her by not revealing his sources of income. Rubin also conspired to defraud Rie Rubin by making her sign a prenuptial agreement under false pretenses. The lawsuit alleges Andy Rubin had at least five mistresses and was operating a sex ring.

Back in  [Read More…]

Google CEO announces new action plan following Andy Rubin fiasco

Google says it’ll be more transparent and responsible going forward.

The last couple of weeks haven’t been great ones for Google. A New York Times report in late October claimed that Google had paid Andy Rubin $ 90 million as an “exit package” following reports of sexual harassment from 2013. This was followed by a company-wide walkout earlier in the month, and following all of that, CEO Sundar Pichai is finally responding.

Pichai sent out an email  [Read More…]

Essential Phone 2 reportedly canceled, Andy Rubin considering selling the company [Update]

More than $ 100 million was used to develop Essential’s first products.

Updated 6:51 PM — Following Bloomberg‘s report, Andy Rubin has since taken to Twitter with the following message: “We always have multiple products in development at the same time and we embrace canceling some in favor of the ones we think will be bigger hits. We are putting all of our efforts towards our future, game-changing products, which include mobile and home products.”

According to a  [Read More…]

Watch Andy Rubin talk about the new Essential Phone tonight at 9 p.m. ET

One of the pioneers of the smartphone revolution is on stage tonight.

Andy Rubin’s new company Essential has finally opened up for everyone to see what it’s been up to, dropping details on both the Essential Phone and Essential Home. Coinciding with the product launches, Rubin will be on stage for an interview with Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference tonight.

Rubin is scheduled to be on at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET tonight — and it’s  [Read More…]

Andy Rubin expected to show off Essential’s first phone on May 30

A fresh player in the Android smartphone game.

Essential, the phone brand founded by Andy Rubin, is building up the hype to making an announcement next week. Essential has launched a new Twitter account and is teasing some sort of announcement for May 30

Almost ready to share with you what we’ve been up to. Please follow our new twitter handle @essential and stay updated…

— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) May 25, 2017

Hi, welcome  [Read More…]

Bloomberg: Andy Rubin readying launch of new AI-focused phone

When the co-founder of Android makes a move, people pay attention.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Android co-founder and Google Robotics pioneer Andy Rubin has a team that’s going to build the next big deal — an artificial intelligence-centric smartphone and smart home products that work together.

Rubin is expected to announce the new company, dubbed “Essential,” and serve as its CEO according to Bloomberg’s sources. Making up the 40-man team at Essential are Rubin’s  [Read More…]

Android co-founder and ex-Googler Andy Rubin joins venture capital firm Redpoint

Android founder and ex-Googler Andy Rubin has joined venture capital firm Redpoint, the company revealed today.

The announcement comes on the same day that Rubin’s startup incubator, Playground, disclosed that it had raised $ 48 million in funding from a number of investors, including Redpoint.

Andy Rubin, former head of Android, is leaving Google

Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android devision at Google after being acquired in 2005, only to leave after many years to head up robotics efforts instead.

Rubin is leaving Google to start his own company focused on technology hardware, though Google is still staying committed to robotics after he leaves. James Kuffner, who  [Read More…]