Samsung says Google was already working on Apple-patented tech
Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the second Apple v. Samsung patent trial beginning today, says the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It notes that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.
Android co-creator may be asked to explain development of certain features
During next month's Apple v. Samsung trial, Apple may call Google's Andy Rubin to the stand to testify, according to court documents. Rubin was one of the creators of the Android platform, and would be asked to explain the development of Android features Apple claims infringe on patented content. He may also be asked to speak about "Google documents relating to such development." In March 2013 Rubin left the Android team to work on Google robotics projects.
Rubin replaced by Sundar Pichai, moving to another project
Andy Rubin, the head of Android at Google, has stepped down from his position to start "a new chapter at Google." Though Rubin's future role within Google has yet to be revealed, he will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, someone that will be adding Android to the current list of areas he manages, which currently includes Chrome OS and Apps.
Discussion at Mobile World Conference denies rumors
At a hour-long round table discussion at the Mobile World Conference, Google's Android chief Andy Rubin refuted rumors that the search engine needed to open retail stores. In response to reporter questions, Rubin said that the market had shifted, and customers "don’t have to go in the store and feel it anymore."
Google's Rubin gets fired up over Acer and Alibaba partnership
Google’s Andy Rubin has issued a further statement in the company’s ongoing war of words with Alibaba VP John Spelich. Spelich was moved to defend the Aliyun OS, arguing that it was not a fork of Google’s Android OS after Google forced OHA partner Asus to drop plans for a phone running the Aliyun OS. However, Rubin has retorted, “there’s really no disputing that Aliyun is based on the Android platform.”
Rubin scotches rumors, Android at 900,000 daily activations
Andy Rubin has scotched rumors suggesting that he may have been leaving Google. Tech commentator Robert Scoble had suggested Rubin could have been headed to tech start-up CloudCar headed by a former Apple Distinguised Engineer Konstantin Othmer. The rumor gained enough momentum over the weekend that Rubin responded to them by tweeting that he has ‘No plans to leave Google.
Rubin hints Google had few choices on Android
Google's mobile VP Andy Rubin gave testimony on Monday in Oracle's lawsuit that Java was likely copyrighted, raising the possibility Google owed royalties for Android. He wouldn't link the copyrighting to Sun, but he agreed with an Oracle attorney that a 2006 e-mail had said the java.lang app programming language (APIs) "were copyrighted," according to CNET's account of the conversation. Rubin did acknowledge a statement earlier that same day that he didn't think Google could go ahead without permission from Sun.
Company to 'double down' on Android tablets
Google is planning to "double down" on Android tablets in 2012, and take leadership away from Apple and the iPad, according to Google's senior VP for mobile, Andy Rubin. The executive spoke in a meeting with reporters yesterday at the ongoing Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. He noted that 12 million in Android tablet sales is "not insignificant, but less than I'd expect it to be if you really want to win," adding that "2012 is going to be the year that we double down and make sure we're winning in that space."
Twitter says Rubin post deletion a bug
Twitter has followed up beliefs that Google's Andy Rubin deleted his Android 'open' update by noting that it was a bug. The messaging service had lost his original post, a response to MG Siegler said, and returned it once the bug had been fixed. A "small percentage" of other posts had also been lost and recovered, Twitter communications veteran Carolyn Penner said.
Rubin downplays Android openness in post removal
Google's mobile VP Andy Rubin has raised questions after he deleted the Twitter post touting Android as open. Posted as a response to the late Steve Jobs' assertions that Android openness is disingenuous, it showed the ability to compile an Android kernel and make a custom build. It's not clear when Rubin took the post down or why.
Apple: 4.95 million iOS device activations 12/25
Andy Rubin has used his Twitter account to inform his audience that a staggering 3.7 million new Android devices were activated over the holiday weekend. Rubin recently tweeted that Android is now averaging 700,000 activations a day, but this more than doubled for the past weekend. On each day of last Saturday and Sunday, 1.85 million devices were activated.
Rubin provides long due update on Android rate
After months of silence, Google's mobile VP Andy Rubin posted word that Android device activations were now up to 700,000 each day. The rate comes after months of the company claiming a flat 550,000 per day. He had no update on the activation growth rate or whether Google had moved significantly beyond the 200 million total devices switched on since Android launched in October 2008.
Says Android tablets off to 'healthy' start
Google's mobile VP, Andy Rubin, made a number of Apple-related comments at today's AsiaD conference, All Things Digital reports. "I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant," he said regarding Siri, the voice command system so far limited to the iPhone 4S. "Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone." He did not, however, dismiss Siri entirely.