Andy Rubin Takes Leave From Essential

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The woman worked in the Android department in 2013. He did so after learning of a report from The Information that detailed an investigation by Google into an "inappropriate relationship" he carried on while on the Android team.

According to The Information, a report surfaced about an "inappropriate relationship" between Rubin and a Google employee several years ago. According to the report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, Rubin left Google after nine years at the company (which bought Android in 2005) after a woman working under him in the Android division filed a complaint with Human Resources at Google over her relationship with Rubin.

Rubin left Google in 2014 and founded Essential in 2015 to create smartphones to rival Google's Pixel and Apple's iPhone.

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The Information reported that after it reached out to Rubin's spokesman for comment on the story, employees at the startup were informed that Rubin was taking a leave of absence "for personal reasons". Rubin reportedly left shortly after the probe.

The inquiry reportedly found that Rubin conducted in improper behaviour and showed bad judgement. He went on to say that "Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since". "The Information doesn't share details of the relationship or why the claim was made to HR but when asked, Rubin's spokesperson, Mike Sitrick, said that "[any] relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual".

A spokesperson for Rubin denied that his leave and the timing of the report have a connection.

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The specific nature of the complaint, the relationship and any punishment Rubin may have received as a outcome all remain unknown.

The future of Essential looks uncertain without its founder and driving force, however temporary his absence.

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