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The rumor mill is often a dangerous place and this weekend was a prime example of that as a weekend “story” spiraled out of control this weekend and had some believing the “father of Android,” Any Rubin was preparing his exit from Google. The good news is that Rubin quickly squashed those rumors on both Google+ and Twitter, adding that Android was now seeing over 900,000 daily activations. Quite the achievement for the Google platform and an easy message to deliver while bringing the focus back on to Android and not on his employment.
This whole thing started when Robert Scoble posted a “report” to Google+ that Rubin was leaving Google to focus on a new startup called CloudCar. Rubin is involved with CloudCar — but only in the extent that he has offered them the use of his incubator office space to work on their new startup. It looks like Rubin’s total involvement with CloudCar will be some advice and being a “landlord.”
Circling back to those Android activations, the 900,000 number is a pretty amazing feat considering Android had grown to 700,000 at the end of 2011. That’s also a moderate increase over the 850,000 daily activations Android was handling back during February of this year and Mobile World Congress.
Rubin ended the story by telling everyone he’d “See you on the 27th,” the same date Google I/O is kicking off.
Robert Scoble, Andy Rubin Google+, Andy Rubin Twitter, The Verge