Andy Rubin quashes rumor of departure from Google

Android chief says he just lends free office space to the startup at the center of the rumor and has no plans to leave the Web giant. Also: 900,000 new Android devices activated every day.

Android chief Andy Rubin: "I don't have any plans to leave Google."

Google exec Andy Rubin wants to put rumors of his impending departure from the Web giant to rest.

The Android chief today turned to Google+, his company's social networking experiment, to dispel rumors that he planned to jump ship to a small startup called CloudCar.

"Cloudcar are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos," Rubin said on his Google+ account. "Revel Touch (Mar Hershenson's company: www.reveltouch.com) 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 news was met with a chorus of relief from Rubin's fans, one of whom pointed out that the startup won a lot publicity thanks to the rumor.

Rubin also turned to Twitter to address the rumor and announce that 900,000 new Android devices are now being activated daily worldwide.

The rumor began this morning when tech evangelist Robert Scoble mentioned -- also on Google+ -- that he had heard that Rubin was planning a career change involving the Los Altos, Calif., startup. Scoble's public post didn't identity or characterize his source but pointed out 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 said he was 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.

 

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