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

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



2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

7. jcarrigan unregistered

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

10. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

sergei is god haha

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 :)

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

3. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012


4. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Damn this sucks.

5. Fayeznoor

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Thank you for Revolution. :)

6. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

8. Adithya7184 unregistered

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

25. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

oh yeah.....curry anyone?

11. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

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.

15. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

17. ilia1986 unregistered

But it can be. It has the potential.

18. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

21. ilia1986 unregistered

I was obviously talking about the consumer electronics industry.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said +1 Think Linux

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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.

16. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

19. Aeires unregistered

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


Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 11, 2013


26. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

27. rajagopalan.k

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

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

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