For Andy Rubin, Android Comes Calling Again

Andy Rubin, the father of Google's Android smartphone operating system, has recently talked about getting back in the Android phone business after more than two years away from it.

People in the mobile industry say Mr. Rubin has tried to recruit personnel to help build a new phone company, likely through Playground Fund, his vehicle for investing in startups. Playground has raised about $300 million.

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Mr. Rubin left the Android team in similarly surprising circumstances, in 2013. He ceded the Android territory to Sundar Pichai, who eventually became CEO, even though Android soundly defeated the Chrome operating system, which Mr. Pichai ran, in terms of adoption. For more on that and Mr. Rubin's history and strengths, see this article

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The Android part of the smartphone world has undergone huge changes that have made it much easier to launch a company that can sell high-quality devices directly to consumers.