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Android Open Source Tech Lead Heads to Yahoo

Jean-Baptiste_“JBQ”_Quéru_-_Google_Jean-Baptiste Queru, formerly of Google’s Android team, has left the company to join Yahoo.

His new role at Yahoo is architect and senior principal engineer on the company’s mobile team, according to LinkedIn, yet another in a string of hires and acquisitions the company has made to bulk up its mobile team over the past year under CEO Marissa Mayer’s leadership.

Queru, who announced his move in a tweet on Tuesday, was formerly the Android Open Source Project tech lead, responsible for managing AOSP’s source code, among other duties.

Yahoo tweeted a confirmation on Tuesday morning.

Queru’s departure, as GigaOm first noted, is likely related to his frustration on issues surrounding work with Android hardware partners and driver compatibility issues. He wrote a public rant expressing his frustrations on his Google+ page last month, claiming that he was leaving Google as a result.

His first day on the new job was this week.


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