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Another long-time member of the Android team at Google is moving on. After six years of effort, having first worked on Android since before it was even publically announced, Romain Guy has decided to try something new. But unlike the last Android developer to depart, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Guy isn't leaving the company as a whole. He has chosen to remain at Google and will apply his talents in other ways. He had only good things to say in the Google+ post he put up earlier today.

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During his time as a software engineer on the Android team, Guy has watched our favorite mobile platform mature from a little open source curiosity into the world's most widespread mobile operating system. And to think it all happened over the course of six years. They grow up so fast.

Guy is known for more than his work on Android - the man also knows how to wield a camera, and he posts some of his phenomenal work to both Flickr and 500px. If another company were to try to lure him away, I wouldn't be surprised if it were Microsoft. Someone has to take pictures for the ever-changing Bing homepage, after all, and Guy is more than capable.

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All joking aside, we wish Guy the best of luck in his future endeavors, and we're thankful for all he's done. We're confident he will continue to do good work in whichever Google department he goes to next.

Source: Google+

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Walkop

    Another one bites the dust...

  • Testraindrop

    Bing??

    • Nathaniel Webb

      read the article. It's a joke.

      • Testraindrop

        No kidding bro..

        I was just wondering that Bing still exists :D

  • Danny Holyoake

    If Dianne Hackborn leaves, that's it. I'm going to actually believe some weird internal politics are going on inside the Android team.

    • Leandros99

      When Dianne leaves, Android is screwed.

      • Thomas’

        Not really. No one is irreplaceable and sometimes a fresh view is helping in the development. The fluctuation on IT teams is usually very high.

        • esper256

          Some people are pretty irreplaceable.

          • Carlos

            Yeah "Some" like e.g. JB! (Not Jelly Bean or James brown...) ;D
            :)

      • TY

        Well, at least we would still have Martias Duarte.

        • BLACKALiCE

          All hail Lord Duarte.

    • mateorod

      It won't take that for me...an exodus this widespread is not an accident.

      Something has been revealed internally that has made all these super talented people decide their career prospects were better elsewhere. We will remember 4.3 as the end of the beginning, at best.

      • Thomas’

        Bla, Bla, Bla.

        People come and people go. Stop overrating the influence of some engineering personnel in such a big group.

        • mateorod

          Hm. All there since the beginning, all leave within six months. These are the people who wrote the code, and they are gone. Things will change, no overreaction necessary. Could be good, could be bad, but it will be different.

          • Thomas’

            Who are "all"?

            * Hugo Barra was a product manager, not developer, and only in the Android team for three years. He most likely left for personal reasons.
            * Jean-Baptiste Quéru was mainly the AOSP maintainer and hence less developing Android itself. He probably left because the manufacturer kindergarten was annoying him.
            * Andy Rubin was moved to manage a new project. Maybe because it's something important or just because he isn't the right guy to lead such a huge project.
            * Romain Guy is the only one somewhat fitting to your developer "scheme". But we only know from his change, because he's an active guy (*ba dum tss*) on Google+ and had some nice Google I/O presentations.

            There a few hundred people working all over Android. My guess is that - since you can change projects every ~1.5 years at Google disregarding the high fluctuation at Google employees itself - over 50 Android developer come and go every year.

            And if every change in management would be an "exodus", basically every single Google product would already have died.

          • squiddy20

            Total. Pwnage.

          • Björn Lundén

            Thank you for being the voice of reason. :)

          • mateorod

            I was about to run a 'git shortlog' and upload the pic for you when I came to my senses. If the departures of the founder, project lead, product lead and a lead developer doesn't make you think Android is headed in a new direction, I won't be able to convince you. We can just disagree.

      • Rodrigo Bittencourt

        Google Play services... i think

  • Roh_Mish

    I think something is going on internally with so much people leaving the android team

    • Thomas’

      The IT world moves fast, especially for talents. It's remarkable that he stayed in the Android team for six years. That's almost four time of what an average Googler stays in the company.

      • Roh_Mish

        True but all of them going out together in such a short timespan Is a bit suspesious.

        • Thomas’

          Not really, no.

          You only notice it because they're all public figures (due to Google+, Twitter, etc). Probably a lot more people left and joined the Android team in recent years, but since they were less known, nobody noticed.

  • Leif Sikorski

    6 years is a long time, everyone needs a change. He would be a good guy for the G+ Photos or (ex)-Nik team I guess.

    • Thomas’

      In this case he'd need to change to a small office in Lübeck, Germany. As a Frenchman probably not his favorite choice :-)

  • David Margolin

    He is actually my favorite Googler (okay, second cause Duarte). Filled up my G+ stream with amazing pictures, did some really great presentations at I/O (he was the funny guy). Glad he is still with Google but sad he won't be a part of the android team anymore.

  • Simon Belmont

    It's a shame to see him depart the Android team, but I can understand wanting a change of pace. I've actually talked to him on IRC and he's a cool, extremely knowledgeable, and dedicated fellow.

    Wherever he goes in Google, he'll be a big asset. Good luck, Romain.

  • Joe

    Did he have anything to do with the camera? I remember his photosphere from nyc

  • Android Developer

    Nooo....
    I really liked his lectures . Will really miss him for his work.
    :(
    I hope he will be happy for wherever he goes.

  • jishnu7

    One thing to add, he is behind most of the default wallpapers in android.

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  • dilharo

    This guy is a genius...kudos to google for finding these talents

  • PhineasJW

    I don't think there's anything larger going on with Android -- it started from zero and reached #1 in the world, and a high-level of maturity.

    When you're a highly motivated individual, and you've reached the top, you look for other mountains to climb.

    Google is now doing way cooler stuff than Android -- self driving cars, and a major push into robotics. Both are far more exciting than squeezing a few more milliseconds out of a UI transition.

    I would expect more people to move around over time.