Following closely to the news from August when Hugo Barra left Google to join Xiaomi, we now have another employee leaving as well. Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google’s Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project, has leaving Google however he is not heading to a smartphone company like Barra. Instead he has found his way over to Yahoo!, where he will be working in engineering on Yahoo’s mobile apps.
Queru took to Twitter while he was still at Google expressing his frustrations by saying
“Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.
There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.”
Google again this year was rated as the most sought after place to work in 2013, however, we’re seeing some major players moving around. Particularly interesting is that these few people are/were influential to the Android ecosystem.
Now, I understand people move on to other projects and want a change, but for Queru to leave because of Google is sad and I hope that Google starts to listen more to its employee before they all start jumping for the competitor.