Andy Rubin, co-founder of Google Android mobile business and head of nascent robotics initiative, has resigned.
Recently, the online search engine giant Google said Sundar Pichai, who is born in India, will have additional responsibilities.
Google said Rubin will start a company to support start-ups interested in building technology-hardware products.
Reuters reported that James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin.
Last year, Google’s browser and applications chief Sundar Pichai replaced Rubin as head of the Android division, bringing the firm’s mobile software, applications and Chrome browser under one roof.
Rubin built Android into a free, open-source software platform now used by most of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, from Samsung Electronics to HTC.