Today I saw a post on Google+ from Robert Scoble saying that he received a rumor that Andy Rubin was leaving Google to be part of a startup called CloudCar. Scoble talks about how rumors work and that this one should be easy to figure out if it was true or false since many Googlers read his posts and that people like Vic Gundotra, Larry Page or Rubin himself would comment on his post giving some answers.
Well, the rumor didn’t last long, Andy Rubin came out on both Google+ and Twitter to reassure people that he wasn’t leaving Google. If killing the rumor that fast wasn’t enough, he went ahead and said that 900,000 Android devices are being activated every day (I’m pretty sure they were saving that number for Google I/O later this month).
The truth of CloudCar’s relation with Rubin is very simple, Rubin is friends with the developers and he lets them use space in his incubator in Los Altos, and that’s not the only company there.
Just to be clear, 900,000 devices a day is an incredibly large number, that’s 37,000 each hour, over 600 a minute. Think of it as in the time it takes you to read this article, over 1,000 devices have been activated.
So that’s it, Rubin is not leaving Google any time soon and almost a million devices are activated every day. Both news are good news to all of us Android users, obviously Rubin has made an excellent job with it and we all love to see him continue doing it.