June 11, 2012
Android Head Not Leaving After Rumors Begin Flying
John Neumann for redOrbit.com
Google´s Senior Vice President of Mobile and Android chief Andy Rubin wants to put rumors of his impending departure from the search giant to rest. Today he turned to the company´s social network, Google+, to dispel rumors that he planned to jump ship to a small startup called CloudCar, writes Steven Musil for CNET.“Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos. Revel Touch is another cool company that shares this space. I´m not joining either one and I don´t have any plans to leave Google.”
The rumor began when tech evangelist Robert Scoble mentioned on his Google+ account that he had heard that Rubin was planning a career change involving the Los Altos, California, startup.
Scoble´s public post didn´t identity or characterize his source but pointed out that the rumor would yield two results: it provided an opportunity to reflect on Android without Rubin, and it delivered increased attention on the small company, which, according to its Facebook fan page, was founded in 2010 and makes an app that summons chauffeured cars.
Scoble claimed to have been motivated to publicly report the rumor as “a form of journalism” and invited Rubin and other Google executives to comment on the rumors. “If it is true, well, we all get to participate in the story together,” he said.
In the words of generations of journalists before me, Rubin has put this story to bed for now. Meanwhile, CloudCar is probably having a banner day for visits to its web site and Facebook page.
Rubin also took the opportunity to update the number of daily Android activations, which was hitting around 850,000 back in February. He has now declared that Android is up to 900,000 activations per day, with no distinction between smartphones, tablets, or other devices running Google´s OS.
The large amount of activations matched with a flurry of Android smartphones in the United States has helped to push Android to a 51 percent market share as of March. Growth seems to have slowed slightly, but the platform is still expanding and owns the majority of the market, so we doubt Google is worried, reports Ben Kersey for SlashGear.
The iPhone, meanwhile, has 30.7 percent of the market in the US, RIM continues to see declines to 12.3 percent, and Microsoft sits near the bottom with 3.9 percent.