This past weekend, an interesting rumor was started and went viral on the internet: Google’s Andy Rubin was leaving for a startup called Cloudcar. The rumor spread out of control when Robert Scobble posted the following on his Google Plus profile:
Today I heard that the head of Android, +Andy Rubin, will soon leave Google and head to a new startup called http://www.cloudcar.com/
Things quickly go out of control after Robert’s posting and as you can imagine, many people were worried that the man who started Android was going to be leaving it. What would that mean for Google and Android if it were true?
Luckily, it was all a big rumor and Google’s Andy Rubin quickly and nicely squashed it. He went on Twitter to assure everyone that he wasn’t leaving Google. In addition, he dropped some Android numbers on us: daily Android activations are now at a whopping 900,000 per day. That number is up 50,000 from the last figure we received back in late February. As a reminder, Android activations are only counted once when a new device is first activated on a mobile operator’s network.
Andy then went on Google Plus to explain how rumors get started. Basically, the people working on Cloudcar are some buddies of his currently using office space at his incubator in Los Altos. He had this to say:
How a rumor gets factualized: Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos. Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson’s company: www.reveltouch.com) is another cool company that shares this space. I’m not joining either one and I don’t have any plans to leave Google. See you on the 27th!
So there you have it, folks. Google’s Andy Rubin is not going anywhere anytime soon. There’s still too much to be done on Android for him to just say goodbye to this amazing mobile operating system.
No plans to leave Google. Oh, and just for meme completeness — there are over 900,000 android devices activated each day 🙂 @Scobleizer
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) June 10, 2012