“Andy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google Inc.’s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the Internet giant, the company said Thursday,” Alistair Barr reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Rubin is starting an incubator for startups interested in building technology hardware products.”

“Google acquired Android in 2005,” Barr reports. “He switched from that role to lead a series of robotics acquisitions for Google in 2013. ‘I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,’ Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. ‘With Android he created something truly remarkable— with a billion-plus happy users. Thank you.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, yes, truly remarkable, in a sense, but Andy did precious little “creation,” rather much appropriation.

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

“Google executive Sundar Pichai took over Android from Mr. Rubin in early 2013,” Barr reports. “Mr. Pichai is considered a more open, collaborative executive more suited to the task of keeping Android’s various partners, including handset makers and wireless-network operators, in the fold.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Andy Rubin is nothing more than a reactionary mimic, and not a very good one at that.

“Holy crap! I guess we’re not going to ship that phone.” – Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin, moments after Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone on January 9, 2007

Here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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