The one and only Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) has been much beloved by the Android community for his work on the Android Open Source Project at Google, where he was the technical lead. Following a dispute over missing open source drivers a few weeks ago, JBQ departed from Mountain View. Now he's announced his new position... at Yahoo.

JBQ will be an Architect and Senior Principal Engineer working on Yahoo's suite of mobile apps. According to his tweets, JBQ only started the job yesterday. The move could be a good thing for Android users. Yahoo has traditionally had a lot of trouble making apps that don't stink. Perhaps JBQ can give the team some direction.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (a former Googler herself) has been on quite a tear lately, acquiring companies and making big hires. Picking up a high profile developer like JBQ will be yet another feather in Yahoo's increasingly lavish cap.

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  • Mapplegate

    I just can't get excited about Yahoo. Do they even do anything anymore?

    • GuidZilla

      Fantasy Football. Only 'service' of theirs i've used in ages that i can recall.

      • Derek Duncan

        Yahoo! Sports is a very hot property. Writing, fantasy, etc. That's about all i like though.

        • ari_free

          But it's not exactly hot technology

    • daburghit

      Their Weather app for Android is really nice.

      • James Power

        It could be better though - they seem unable to give up their terrible slide out drawer which is laggy, stuttery, and doesn't actually follow the users finger half the time. This among a few other issues where they're not following the design guidelines.

  • LeeroyJ.

    They are hiring and expanding like crazy and are on their way back up.

    • tumatos

      back up to what? what are they supposed to be releasing that would classify as interesting?

      • skitchbeatz

        they're just going to become a portal for "stuff"

        • ari_free

          lots and lots of 'stuff'

          • makapav

            Sounds like a website for gramps.

      • Ash

        Weather, Sports, Fantasy Sports, News, Tumblr, Mail, Flickr, Answers... people seem to forget how many giant brands Yahoo controls these days. Even if you don't visit their site or use their search, you probably frequently encounter a Yahoo brand.

  • UniBroW

    i can't imagine leaving a position at Google to go work for Yahoo! /shrug.

    • Justin

      over a third party company not allowing their drivers to be released. O.O

      i feel there is more that they aren't telling us but who am i to judge? good luck JBQ at your new job.

      • Yorick Reuvekamp

        He'd been tired of the job for a long time. I followed him on Twitter/G+ for a few years and he was always complaining about the job.

        • Magneira

          lets see he not complain at yahoo then

      • joeljfischer

        Over your bosses blaming you because a third party company didn't release drivers and you warned them months in advance.

        • ari_free

          OK so you deal. You adapt. in the end, this is Google and that is... Yahoo.

          • Paul Henschel

            If you are good in what you do you could work for any of those companies but usually you'll go where your talent is appreciated and where you are free to bring in your own ideas. Managing the AOSP for Google, taking care of all the openness and the artwork/design that flows into it just to have it trashed and locked by the OEM isn't really gratifying.

          • PhoenixPath

            You can really only deal and adapt so many times though. JBQ had to deal with the whole Qualcomm/AOSP issue how many times?

            What really surprises me about all this isn't that JBQ left...it's that apparently the upper levels of Google didn't seem to care all that much about the state of AOSP.

            Without JBQ pushing things, will AOSP support get worse or stall out alltogether now? Scary thought...

  • Daniel A. Williams

    JBQ getting mad over the drivers and leaving seems like a smokescreen just so he could get over to Yahoo.

    • blix247

      More likely there were some personality clashes. With a bench as deep as Google has there are bound to be some egos at play. The case of the missing drivers is probably just the straw that broke the camels back. He posted that he was being blamed for something he raised the flag on six months ago.

      • ari_free

        If you are very idealistic about open source then I can understand how it could lead to problems. Open source is a tool to create better more responsive software and not something that gives meaning to your life (and I say this as an open source advocate)

  • saltyzip

    Sorry, me thinks that's a step backwards.

  • anon

    google is taking over yahoo

    • WellYeah

      Google already took over. A long time ago.

  • WATaYahoo

    Poor guy, seems like a big step back. Who is this Yahoo you speak of?

  • ari_free

    So he did leave Google and not just AOSP. That's too bad. I only used Yahoo during the days of altavista, excite and lycos.

  • Leku

    He looks like Ariel Castro somewhat o.O

    • Larry

      I ate ribs with this dude, but I didn't have a clue... That he was about go to yahoo! DEAD GIVEAWAY... DEEEEEEAAAAAADD GIVEAWAY!

  • Chippah

    this guy is a crybaby anyway, and the android download manager he worked on still stinks..

    • h4rr4r

      Who has done more with his life than you ever will. Pointing out the emperor has no clothes, does not make one a crybaby.

      • Chippah

        is what it is, I dont constantly whine to everyone about my job on twitter & G+..

        I bet google allowed him to show off his hat collection to everyone.
        Lets hope Yahoo does the same!

        • Chippah

          and on top of that, I think we need some fresh blood in anyway @ Google, They cant fix the simplest shit sometimes and leave it up to hobbyist devs @ xda that the general public end users will never see.

          • h4rr4r

            Letting outside devs fix bugs is half the point of an open source project. What AOSP needs to do is make submitting fixes easier.

          • Matthew Fry

            I do agree with this. Google seems like an ADHD child lately. Switching gears and developing random things instead of shoring up their current products and cleaning up some real nasty bugs.

          • Benjamin Pavel

            Well said! Many people think that now when few people leave that Google will see it's downfall.
            There are still MANY talented people that i'm sure will join Google and make big changes in history of AOSP. :)

          • Carlos Kazam

            I hope so

  • John

    I do approve of Yahoo's increase on Flickr. it's made me use it quite a bit more lately. We'll see what JBQ can do for Yahoo in their mobile dept.

  • Eric Jones

    I hope he's happier there. I had the unfortunate displeasure of interacting with him and he was a huge dick. I think he was overworked and unhappy at Google. If he treated his coworkers like he treated me, then I bet they are happy to see him go too! I'm glad for all that he has done for AOSP, and will miss him for that. Hopefully someone steps in to fill his shoes, that can do what he did, and be happy doing it.

    • Ivan Myring

      What did he do that was so bad? Was he just patronising, or was he rude

    • Magneira

      If what you are saying is true, its good to hear that, because there is a discussion here saying he is wrong to leave to yahoo and blah blah blah withouth knowing the guy

    • Carlos Kazam

      I can remember his answert to that guy from Linaro Bernhard Rosenkränzer, perhaps he could be more suitable for AOSP but I don´t know. https://plus.google.com/112218872649456413744/posts/Liung6YMpa6

  • Matthew Fry

    Here's hoping it is a fulfilling and prolific job for you JBQ.

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    "The move could be a good thing for Android users." Really !!!! I find no Logical reason why it is good for Android users. its A GREAT LOSE to Android Community :'(

    • Carlos Kazam

      I don't think so

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        would you be kind enough to explain it further, how JBQ living Android community is good for the Android users !!!!

        • Carlos Kazam

          There are all kinds of Android users, so don't generalize this is not bad for Android users. Is more like this could be bad for some Android users, and "could" because we still can't know who and how is his succesor. So that is why I do not think so.

      • Paul Henschel

        Um, he made sure the AOSP is not just a dead blob of code, which might compile or not, he actively supported it. He was pretty much the bridge between the development community and Google/Android. I believe that for 'himself' it might have been the better move to leave, but for 'us' it is a pretty good blow. If the one that succeeds him is not personally interested in openness and community development like he was, then the it will sink into the dark ages again.

  • grizz

    Money talks !

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Yahoo suddenly producing smartwatch that does not suck?

  • david coffey

    I use their weather app, fantasy football, use their mobile app for quick news and their email strictly for when I'm required to give an email for junk and services I could give a shit about.

    They're completely relevant.

    • ari_free

      Yahoo: the place to go for the email you need so you can register on other sites

  • Alvin Brinson

    I hope that's not like jumping ship from a perfectly good vessel and seeking refuge on the costa concordia.

  • Asphyx

    So how long do we wait before we hear about a Yahoo Launcher in the same way Facebook did it to promote it's own services?

    Jean feel free to use that if it helps you as you have done so much for the rest of us Androiders

  • cesar suarez

    fuck you JBQ!!