#TBT: Watch Andy Rubin and Samsung Unveil the Galaxy Nexus

If I had to pinpoint a time at which the entire Android community was excited about a phone, I would have to give it to the Galaxy Nexus. The hype was real. In October of 2011, Google and Samsung hosted a press conference in Hong Kong to unveil not only the Galaxy Nexus, but also Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

To put this timing into perspective, just a few days earlier during that same October, the tech industry lost one of its founding fathers, Apple’s Steve Jobs. Personally, the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, an incredibly hyped device, helped take our minds off of the loss.  (more…)

Andy Rubin Joins Redpoint Ventures (Updated)

Andy Rubin, Android’s creator who recently left Google to create his own startup incubator, is now a part of Redpoint Ventures.

In case you aren’t familiar with Redpoint, they are a venture capital firm who invests in early stage technology companies. According to Redpoint’s announcement of the Rubin hire, it sounds like Andy is already “evaluating and backing companies.” His other jobs will include “identifying the next great startups” and helping others “realize their full potential.”  (more…)

Andy Rubin, the Founder of Android, Leaves Google

Back in March of 2013, Google’s Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin was stepping away from the Android team at Google to work on making super smart robots. The move was a bit shocking, since the man co-founded the operating system that has now taken over the smartphone world. But hey, people need change some times, and that’s apparently what Andy was looking for(more…)

Android Started Off Being an OS For Cameras, Thankfully That Idea Didn’t Stick

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Android has quite the documented history at this point, but Andy Rubin dropped a piece of information today that Android could have never seen a mobile phone. Talking shop today in Tokyo, Andy Rubin mentioned that originally, the plan was for Android to be a platform for cameras so they could share photos more easily. “The exact same platform, the exact same operating system we built for cameras, that became Android for cellphones,” Rubin said. (more…)

Andy Rubin Pens Letter to Android Partners, “Right Time” to Start New Chapter With Google

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Larry Page announcing that Andy Rubin has stepped away from the Android team is clearly the news of the day. After all, this is the man that helped start it all, right? Without Andy Rubin, there is a pretty good chance that Droid Life wouldn’t even exist. The phone in your pocket might not either.

But why is he leaving? The letter this morning provided little details, however, a letter that Rubin penned himself and then delivered to Open Handset Alliance (OHA) members, tackles a few additional details.  (more…)