Andy Rubin ready to return to the smartphone business?

You can’t talk about the history of Android without talking about Andy Rubin (above, left), who, following his success with the Danger Hiptop, helped co-found Android, Inc.  As you well know, Google ended up buying the company, and after following Android to Google, Rubin continued to help lead the project for years, only to step down from Android in 2013 to work on other Google efforts; finally, he left the company altogether in 2014. For a while, Rubin’s interests found him working with other technology – things like drones – but now he could be thinking about returning to old habits, as rumors circulate of his plans to help launch a new smartphone company.

Rubin’s Playground Global incubator closed a $300 million fundraising round back in October, and some of that money may be directed at this new smartphone effort.

Details are hard to come by at the moment, but Rubin is reportedly looking right now to recruit the employees who will make up this new firm.

We don’t know just how involved he may or may not be in the actual running of the company, and it’s possible this is more of a hands-off investment than a return to his smartphone-developer roots, but given his prominence in the industry, even these thin rumors are enough to get us excited.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!