Android's founder Andy Rubin left Google after investigation

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Rubin's spokesman called the relationship "consensual" and added, "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". But according to The Information, an investigation into an "inappropriate relationship" Rubin had with a woman junior to him was the catalyst for him leaving the company.

After Google HR received the complaint, Rubin was told that he might face disciplinary action following an investigation. The Information said that Essential employees were told about his leave of absence on Monday. In 2013, Rubin moved to Google's robotics department from the Android department. The investigation, according to The Information report, concluded that "Rubin's behavior was improper and showed bad judgement".

The creator of the Essential phone and father of Android, Andy Rubin, has reportedly taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. Meanwhile, Niccolo de Masi, Essential President will take over the company while Rubin is still on leave. He went on to develop Android, which was acquired by Google in 2005.

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Google policies restrict employees from entering into a relationship with subordinates.

Sitrick declined to comment on "personal matters" cited by Essential. The employee was in Rubin's Android division within Google, which is where the conflict of interest comes from.

While it is possible that Rubin may have had a consensual relationship with someone in his team, he might still have broken Google rules. But now, trouble is brewing around company founder Andy Rubin, which will pull him away from the business right during the holiday shopping period.

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There is no telling how long Rubin will be absent from Essential.

Rubin - who's also a former Apple engineer and the founder of Danger, which made the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone product - started tech startup incubator Playground Global in 2014 before founding Essential, which released its first smartphone this year.

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