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Larry Page just made Sundar Pichai the head of most Google products

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Larry Page just made Sundar Pichai the head of most Google products
Big changes are afoot at Google with a major reorganization of power and a continuation of the meteoric rise of Sundar Pichai within the company. CEO Larry Page has appointed Pichai as the head of core Google products. This essentially means that Pichai is in charge of all Google products except for YouTube, which is run by CEO Susan Wojcicki who still reports directly to Page.

This is a huge step up for Pichai, who is keeping his role as head of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, but is also now in charge of research, Search, Maps, Google+, commerce, and ads and infrastructure. The move means that now the current 6 executives in charge of the new product areas under Pichai will report to Pichai rather than Larry Page. Pichai has been with Google since 2004, but risen very quickly over the past 2 years in which he started as a manager of the Chrome team, became the head of Chrome and Google Apps, added being head of Android to that list, was rumored to be in the running for the CEO position at Microsoft, and is now head of almost every Google product. 

Larry Page says that this will create less of a bottleneck in the management structure of Google, but the real aim here is to hand off some of Page's own duties., who has been doing quite a lot. Page had not only been the direct supervisor to the 7 product execs (including Pichai), but in charge of business and operations, access and energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, corporate development, legal, finance, and business. Now with Pichai taking over most Google products, Page will have more time to focus on the business side of running Google as well as bigger picture ideas and "moonshots". 

source: Re/code

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posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:00

1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3579; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Everytime I see his pic I can't help but hear the phrase Number johnny 5, you've been vandalized all over yourself...

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 21:36 1

7. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
why him of all Indian people him

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:36 4

2. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Things are looking good at Google :D

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:00 1

3. goojman (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Thank you come again.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:56 6

4. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Should have put Elop

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 00:32 5

14. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Definitely Elop (Flop) will be the best choice to kill Google, but since Google is NOT in suicide mode like Nokia, Sundar got the chance...

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 20:41 1

5. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Was it his idea to shape the Nexus 9 like a box? 4:3 screen ratio sucks!

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 21:34 2

6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Talk to HTC about that, they are the ones who designed the Nexus 9.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 22:18 2

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yeah, and like why does 4:3's suck?

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 22:31 2

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It is well known that 4:3 makes the tablet harder to hold in one hand and worse for most movies/videos.

The upside is that with 4:3, most web pages and documents are easier to read and games and other apps will be easier to port from the iPad to the Nexus 9.

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 05:05 1

19. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 607; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I have nothing against Nexus 9 but Nexus 6 sucks big time

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 23:24 2

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


What's wrong with it?
Its the best part of nexus 9 IMO, 4:3 Display is one of the main things I liked about iPads, its refreshing to see android tablets coming with them.
Aside from videos, 16:9/10 displays have no advantage. And 4:3 is not that bad at videos, and you can always rescale your videos to adapt to the aspect. Now the nexus 9 is great at gaming, productivity, web browsing and apps(in portrait) all thanks to the 4:3 display.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 22:33 2

10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Two things Sundar Pichai will be known for -- making Google products homogeneous and locking Android down.

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 01:22

15. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Apple much?

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 22:34

11. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Visually 4:3 works better. At least for me. I think there's a good reason why most Android tab makers don't go with 4:3

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 22:38

12. medicci37 (Posts: 1335; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I'd love to be able to purchase a Nexus with the Tegra chip 3 gigs of ram & quad HD resolution

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 03:52

16. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


He has a very tempting potential to be very well known.

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 04:18

17. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 311; Member since: 13 May 2014)


No !!! Now we are stuck with the laggy hangouts :-(

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 04:38

18. rowdysheeter (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Congrats!

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 05:17

20. LikeMyself (Posts: 458; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Oh no! An Indian ruling Google! Indians and Chinese conquering the world! Beware!

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 13:21 1

21. Aniket8593 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


Indian are every where can't ignore ...but not a harm to anyone njoy ...

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 07:56

22. lead2xl (unregistered)


Congratulations to him. I hope he is successful in the role. I also hope he wakes up to the fact that a lot of customers want SD card slots. Not that you can't manage without them if you use Google's online storage offerings. It is just the lack of choice i don't like - it's what they call the "manufacturing mindset" - we will decide what is good for our customers, take it or leave it, as opposed to tailoring offerings to what customers really want.

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