Andy Rubin, a significant figure in Google's Android development and robotics business, has left the company.
Rubin stepped down from his roles at Google in March last year, and has now revealed plans to create an incubator for startup robotics companies.
Google chief executive Larry Page said at the time that Rubin had radically transformed Google's mobile business, and played an important part in the Oracle Java/Android case.
"Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android, and with a really strong leadership team in place, Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google," said Page as Sundar Pichai took over the Android role.
In December that year Rubin became boss of Google's robotics business. He is now leaving that role.
A statement given to The Wall Street Journal said that Google will continue its robotics development without Rubin, and wished him the best for the future.
"I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," said Page. "With Android he created something truly remarkable with a billion plus happy users. Thank you."
Reports say that Rubin is setting up his own firm to support startups working in technology hardware development. He told the paper that he had no complaints about working at Google.
"Larry [Page] enabled the robotics effort to run exactly the way I wanted it to, and we made great progress in our first year," he said in an email.
The WSJ added that James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google, will take over the role.
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