Andy Rubin takes a leave of absence from Essential
- Author: Latoya Cobb Dec 01, 2017,
Dec 01, 2017, 4:38
The site reports that Rubin left Google after a woman made a complaint to HR detailing her relationship with the executive. He did so after learning of a report from The Information that detailed an investigation by Google into an "inappropriate relationship" he carried on while on the Android team.
The woman who filed the complaint worked in the Android division run by Rubin, which would make any personal relationship between the two violate Google policy.
Now, circling back to the title of this article, after these allegations dropped Andy Rubin announced he'd be taking a leave of absence from Essential, his new company that's seriously struggling right now. According to The Information's sources, Rubin's behavior was described as "improper" and 'showed bad judgement'. It's surprising even today, nearly three years after Andy Rubin, who started Android before his company was acquired by Google in 2005, left Google.
Rubin's spokesman called the relationship "consensual" and added, "Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since". He stayed on at Google for nine years, overseeing the eponymous Android operating system's (OS) development before departing in 2013 to found Playground Global, a studio that provides resources, mentorship, and funding to hardware startups.
Google has yet to respond to a request for comment from Fox News. It isn't clear whether Rubin denies the report entirely, and Google's reported findings. Rubin reportedly left shortly after the probe.
Essential confirmed that Rubin had stepped aside and said that Niccolo de Masi, Essential's president, would be in charge for the time being. Singhal's exit also came as a surprise as he left quickly after the investigation started, noted a report from India Today Tech.