In case you were wondering about Andy Rubin, here's Larry Page's latest

Google's CEO may be counting on the super-talented Android engineer for another "moonshot," but he's not yet ready to spill the beans.

Andy Rubin
Andy Rubin, formerly Google's chief Android engineer. James Martin/CNET

The future of Andy Rubin, the technical wiz who built up Google's Android business and then got moved off the project earlier this year, is still shrouded in mystery.

In March, Page announced that Rubin will "start a new chapter" at the company. "Andy, more moonshots, please!" Page said at the time. But during the company's first-quarter earnings conference call on Thursday afternoon, Page was no more forthcoming about Rubin's future.

"We've really exceeded the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android. It's the most used mobile operating system in the world. Very big thanks to Andy for that. He really decided it was time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. We haven't said what that is, and I'm not going to make news today on that," Page said.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.

 

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