Foxconn reportedly working with Google's Andy Rubin on robotics

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Foxconn is perhaps best known for assembling Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones and iPads, but according to the Wall Street Journal the company is also working with Apple rival Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on something out of the ordinary: robotics. According to the Journal, which cited unnamed sources, Foxconn has been working with former Android executive Andy Rubin since last year "to carry out the U.S. company's vision for robotics." Rubin stepped down last year as Google's Android chief to focus on robotics. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with Rubin in Taipei recently and they discussed new robotic technologies, the report said. Gou expressed excitement over new automation technologies Rubin showed him and Rubin also asked Gou to help integrate a technology company that Google is acquiring. Google set up a new robotics group and acquired eight robotics companies last year, including Boston Dynamics. Article (sub. req.)