Android luminary takes leave from phone maker amid controversy

Andy Rubin reportedly had an 'inappropriate relationship' at Google, is temporarily stepping away from Essential

Rubin left Google in 2014 following an internal investigation which found he was involved in a relationship with a subordinate who worked under him in the Android division, according to The Information. The employee was said to be working for the company's Android division while Rubin was still in charge - a relationship prohibited by Google's rulebook.

Rubin reportedly announced his intention to take his leave to "deal with personal matters" earlier this month during a board meeting, according to TechCrunch. Mr Rubin left the Android team in 2013, briefly heading up Google's robotics division before departing the company entirely.

Google policies restrict employees from entering into a relationship with subordinates.

The woman Rubin was in a relationship with filed an HR complaint at one point, and after an investigation by Google it was concluded that the relationship broke some rules. Well, he has taken a leave from the company, which doesn't mean he has quit or been fired or removed. There is no official reason given but incidentally, there are reports floating around that he once had an "inappropriate relationship" while still at Google. "The board agreed", the spokesman writes, "and our President, Niccolo de Masi, will continue to run day to day operations at Essential".


Rubin founded Danger, the company behind the T-Mobile Sidekick, and co-founded Android before it was bought out by Google.

Google has yet to respond to a request for comment from Fox News. "Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual", Sitrick tells The Information.

For his part, Rubin certainly tried his best to publicly defend the aptly named Essential Phone, or PH-1, in the face of everything from unforeseen delays to key employee departures, screen cutout criticism, headphone jack omission and even a very embarrassing customer privacy gaffe.

The investigation into this matter had reportedly begun in 2014.

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