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Topic: Andy Rubin

Essential Phone maker cancels next smartphone, may put company up for sale

05/25/2018, 09:05 am

Essential, the electronics maker co-founded by Android originator Andy Rubin, is reportedly canceling the development of a follow-up to the Essential Phone and considering selling itself.

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Google faces $9 billion in damages after ripping off Java in Android

03/28/2018, 05:03 am

A lawsuit seeking damages from Google over its willful appropriation of Java as the basis of its Android operating system has been slowly grinding through the courts for most of the last decade. It has finally concluded that Google's taking of Java "was not fair" use, opening up Google to billions in damages.

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Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have shipped just 88K units in 2017

02/13/2018, 10:02 am

Despite being one of the first handsets on the market with an edge-to-edge display, the Essential Phone, pioneered by former Android chief Andy Rubin, failed to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone X in any meaningful way, with one new estimate suggesting just 88,000 units were shipped last year.

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Essential's Andy Rubin takes leave of absence after 'inappropriate relationship' allegations follow from Google

11/29/2017, 10:11 am

Essential head and former Android chief Andy Rubin is taking a "leave of absence" after allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" at Google have resurfaced.

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Andy Rubin's Essential announces first devices, including Apple HomeKit-ready assistant

05/30/2017, 10:05 am

Former Google executive and Android creator Andy Rubin on Monday revealed the first products from his new company Essential, including the Home assistant, which reportedly supports multiple smarthome platforms including Apple's HomeKit.

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SoftBank CEO ditches investment plans for Android architect Andy Rubin's smartphone startup

03/20/2017, 02:03 pm

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has reportedly axed plans to invest $100 million in Android founder Andy Rubin's smartphone startup, reportedly because of SoftBank's close business ties to Apple.

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Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped smartphone with edge-to-edge display, ceramic back

01/13/2017, 04:01 pm

The man behind Google's Android platform, Andy Rubin, is preparing to reveal a company that will field a high-end smartphone with a bezel-free screen, ceramic back, and a heavy focus on AI -- posing yet another challenge to Apple's iPhone, a report said on Friday.

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Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to start tech hardware incubator

10/30/2014, 08:10 pm

Google's former head of Android, and most recently robotics chief, Andy Rubin on Thursday announced he is leaving the company to start an incubator focusing on technology hardware products.

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Google "dismantled" Android hardware initiatives after buying Nest, claims disputed report

06/24/2014, 04:06 am

A report seeking to profile both Google's Sundar Pichai (who replaced Andy Rubin as head of Android) and Nest founder Tony Fadell claims that Pichai appointed Fadell to run Google's hardware. Fadell retorted that the story "is 100% wrong," but neither he nor Google have refuted any of the more titillating details about Pichai or the search giant presented in the article.

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