Report: Andy Rubin Offered Android To Samsung First, But Samsung Passed


Andy Rubin, the founder of Android, is now retired from his duties to the OS and is now working on robots with Google still. But did you know that Google wasn’t the first option back when Rubin was still finding someone to back the OS up?

Once upon a time in 2005, where smartphones wasn’t a bit of what it is now and when Android was only two years old, Andy Rubin and his small team of developers decided that in order to go further on the platform’s development, they’re gonna need someone to provide them funds or a partner. And their first choice? Samsung. Yes. Samsung that has produced the most Android powered smartphones for the last few years.

Rubin recalls that what Samsung’s executives first response to his proposal was “You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?” Rubin said that Samsung executives laughed at him in the boardroom. Then two weeks after, Google happened.

Google CEO Larry Page met Andy Rubin and unlike Samsung, he loved the idea of the platform. Google had been looking for an innovation to bring to the mobile industry, and Android is exactly what they have been looking for. Page was afraid that other companies might snatch Android from Google, so he straight up offered to acquire Android for $50 million. And after that, well you know what happened. Android has come up the ranks and is now the officially the most popular mobile OS in the world.

Your thoughts, had Samsung managed Android, would it still be the same mobile OS that took the world by storm or not? Let us know in the comments below.


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