Here is the most profound change that happened to Android when Andy Rubin left and Sundar Pichai took over Google


Google is a search company at heart and most of its money comes from ads, but it's got another huge product that it has become synonymous with: Android.

The world's most popular phone operating system was an early bet and a wild card at first: purchased as a start-up, the Android project was initially intended as an operating system for digital cameras, but soon after the effort was redirected to phones. Co-founder Andy Rubin, a star engineer, was one of the signature people driving the project and he brought the platform to technical maturity during the course of the many years he ran the platform.

You all know what happened a few years ago: Andy Rubin, one of Android's founding fathers, was effectively moved to a different division at Google, and then left to pursue his passion for robotics. So what was the reason behind Google's top management decision to move Rubin out of Android? This question has lingered on in time: we've heard various versions, but now - in a massive profile of current Google chief executive Sundar Pichai - we once again hear the most likely theory. 

And that is that for the whole tenure of Andy Rubin at Google, Android has always remained somewhat of a capsulated, separate project, that never got to integrate well with the rest of Google. 

"When Andy left Android, and Sundar became the boss, he brought with him the rest of Google — or he brought Android to the rest of Google," Hiroshi Lockheimer, the recently appointed head of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast said.

And this is what has changed with Sundar Pichai taking over: the Android team has been much more involved with the rest of Google and running as part of a one integral company.

"When Sundar took over leadership of Android, previously the team had a reputation for being a bit insular," Google Maps and Local chief Jen Fitzpatrick said. "Under Sundar there was a notable shift in terms of how those interactions would go and a much deeper level of collaboration."

After Pichai took over the role of Google chief executive, a lot has changed in Android and the most notable improvements have come in terms of visual style and polish, and services like Google Photos have given new ways for people to organize all of their media easily in the Google cloud with its power to recognize a bird from a tree in images.

source: BuzzFeed

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8 Comments

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

meh.. nothing that is visible to users. every service/product improves with time.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

want some visible changes? check what happen to apple after jobs left

7. mctaboo

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Thank you !! Exactly.. it went downhill; not because of how great Steve Job was as much as how terrible & clueless Tim cook is.

8. Glottis

Posts: 18; Member since: May 22, 2015

I think Apple got better with Tim cook, never liked Apple in Steve Jobs days.

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree with him, prices of macbook got realistic (still costly) which was necessary.

4. DALVEORTS

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

To me, Sundar's leadership so far is far from good. Yes, products got better, but the overall picture lacks vision, google is (still) all over the place. - He started an affordable way to get the pure android experience, but instead of taking the nexus program globally, he came up with the idiotic android one, that nobody wants and lost google millions; - Still didn't come up with a solution to making android oem updates more timely, samsung still takes 6 months to update their flagships; - People were expecting Chrome os to deliver and become an alternative desktop solution; however, devices with chrome os are still oversized tablets and phones, with no access to x86 apps.

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

your statement about chrome OS has permanently made me doubt your intelligence for the rest of the time i spend on this website.

10. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Typical indian. No creativity or vision.

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