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SoftBank to invest in Andy Rubin's hardware development project

Programmer known for work on Android OS now focusing on AI and robotics

SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son

PALO ALTO, U.S./TOKYO -- SoftBank Group plans to invest up to several hundreds of millions of dollars in a hardware development project managed by Andy Rubin, an American programmer known for his work as a developer of the Android operating system for smartphones, The Nikkei has learned. 

SoftBank is looking to accelerate development of post-smartphone age products such as those incorporating artificial intelligence and robotics. 

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