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Andy Rubin steps down, Sundar Pichai steps up as head of Android

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Andy Rubin steps down, Sundar Pichai steps up as head of Android
In a surprise move today, Google CEO Larry Page has announced that Andy Rubin is stepping down as the head of the Android team, and Sundar Pichai will be taking over as the head of Android, in addition to keeping his current roles as the head of the Chrome and Google Apps teams. 

Andy Rubin was a co-founder of Android and joined Google when Android was purchased by the Mountain View tech giant. Rubin has been the head of the Android team since then, and Page gives Rubin credit for bringing Android to where it is today: "global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play". Not a bad run for Rubin. 

It's unclear what Rubin's role will be going forward, but it sounds like he is staying at Google, and Page even called for "more moonshots please!" This could be a hint that Rubin is shifting to a new role in Google's X Lab, but nothing is official just yet. 

Sundar Pichai joined Google around the same time as Rubin, and has been given credit for much of the work done with Google Chrome, Google Apps, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. 

source: Google Blog

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posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:00 4

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Why Rubin why? I don't think Pichai can handle Android, only Rubin can.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:08 2

7. jcarrigan (unregistered)


rubin is god! lol jk seriously hes better suited at the head of android!

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:37 3

10. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


sergei is god haha

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 18:00

29. jcarrigan (unregistered)


Im sorry how they hell do you pronounce his name anyways(sundar pichachu?). Its just weird picturing android without Rubin thats all lol. by the way i loved that "sergei is god" lol :)

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:43

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5578; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Rubin may have some problems regarding Android and IP that got migrated to Android before it moved to Google. If so, that could pose some significant problems going forward. Absolute worst case, Android gets replaced with Chrome, if Chrome was a complete white-room (built in complete isolation from the Android team) effort.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:02 2

3. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Interesting.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:03 1

4. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Damn this sucks.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:03 3

5. Fayeznoor (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


Thank you for Revolution. :)

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:06 2

6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I like Sundar Pichai, so it's interesting to see what'll happen next.

People have criticized Google for having Chrome OS and Android and it's vastly different ideas moving forward with it's supposed incompatibility etc.

With a new generation of Chromebooks with better hardware on the horizon and Key Lime Pie supposed to have more focused improvements on tablets, I think speculation that the two converging could be right. I'm excited to see their 'moonshot' with Android + Chrome's evolution -- if it ends up that way.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:11 8

8. Adithya7184 (Posts: 306; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Sundar Pichai....that's great....now Indian rules android...Hell Yeah...

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 17:33 2

25. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


oh yeah.....curry anyone?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:38 1

11. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Good work, but... Why? He couldn't possibly find a better-paid, more interesting job.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:23 1

14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Unless he really is moving into the X Lab. I'd argue that would be more interesting than running Android.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 13:45 3

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


It is time for Android to evolve. Yes, it IS the most advanced mobile operating system right now, but I think the word "mobile" needs to go. With Ubuntu 4-screen OS breathing hard on Android in terms of cross-platform compatibility - Android has to become the DE-FACTO most advanced operating system.

Yes, that means that Android needs to be a DESKTOP-CLASS OS. Only when Android will have conquered the desktop and offered the same level of productivity that Windows 7 offers today - and much much much more than that, it being OPEN SOURCE and all - will Android TRULY dominate the world and become the standard OS for everything.

Great times are ahead of us, my fellow friends. The Evolution of Android and the complete downfall and termination of Apple and other similarly closed platforms.

The future is open. The future is free.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:37

15. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Calm down you sound like a cult leader. Android is great and all but its not everything.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:51 1

17. ilia1986 (unregistered)


But it can be. It has the potential.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:03

18. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


How is a mobile os going to stop dictators to make the future free?

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:56

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I was obviously talking about the consumer electronics industry.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:55

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well said +1
Think Linux

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 16:26

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10283; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Where do you think it can go anytime soon, without major hardware advances? Real question man...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:55

28. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You already got the hardware - courtesy of Tegra 4, Snapdragon 800 and the Exynos Octa.

Hell, even a 600Mhz 256MB of ram OG Droid can hook up to an external display, and be controlled with a mouse and a keyboard. What needs to adapt is the software.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 14:38

16. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I wouldn't expect to many changes to android's outlook.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 15:25 1

19. Aeires (unregistered)


Duarte also has an important role in Android so it's still going to improve over time.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 16:31 1

24. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Damn..!!!
INDIANZ EVERYWHERE.....xD.

posted on 13 Mar 2013, 20:16 2

26. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Indians are smart when properly educated. Everyone deserves opportunities dogs.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 04:44

27. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Sundar Pichai is from tamil nadu!!!!! I am so proud!!!!

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