Samsung exec says Andy Rubin was "stubborn" but Sundar Pichai is "super collaborative"

Samsung exec says Andy Rubin was
As the days go on, we're getting a clearer and clearer picture of why Andy Rubin stepped down as the head of Android, and Sundar Pichai was put in to replace him. The newest bit of information comes from Samsung's chief product officer Kevin Packingham, who said that Andy Rubin was "stubborn", but Sundar Pichai is "super collaborative".

The general idea around the move was pretty simple: Andy is the kind of guy who is much better suited to building something new, rather than maintaining an established product. As he said in his letter to the Open Handset Alliance, he is "an entrepreneur at heart". On the other hand, Sundar Pichai seems to be much more talented at making deals with other companies, and managing an established product, as he has done with Chrome. 

According to Packingham, the relationship with Google is "super-important" to Samsung (he loves to say "super"), because ultimately Samsung was selling Google software (although you might not realize that if you picked up a Galaxy device in the last couple years.) He said that it was tough working with Rubin because once he took a position, "You weren't going to get him to deviate from that position." On the other hand, Sundar Pichai is a "super-nice person" and "super collaborative". 

There has been a lot of speculation about the relationship between Samsung and Google, but this makes it sound like things may have been a bit rough, but the move to put Sundar Pichai in as head of Android could make things even better in the future.

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19 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I think this is a super great article, I think it's super cool than you posted it. all kidding aside, I am curious to see what the future holds for Android. Android has really become super amazing in just the last couple years. Even mid range devices now are super responsive/lag free and have super specs. lol

19. jcarrigan unregistered

super super super super super super super super super super

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So was Samsung instrumental in the reshuffle/shuffle in any way?

12. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

have you read the article before about google execs visiting samsung in korea....that must be it...???

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Rubin is gonna hate Samsung forever.

4. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

great now where is the Nexus 5??

5. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

wtf man wait until at earliest october

17. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

this the rumor about Nexus 5, with 8gb storage, no sd card and no replaceable battery. wireless charging(but the charger still use wire) and 1080p LCD panel

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yeahhh boyyyeeee... It's like Google is the owner, Android is the Team, Andy was the coach and Samsung is the star player... Coach gotta go if the star player isn't happy... :/

9. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Super description!

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Unless Coach is of Manchester United which makes the players go ... :)

7. wendygarett unregistered

Funny, Steve Ballmer also says that Stephen Elop is super collaborative too... uh oh...

8. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

No comments! on this topic But the article was Super Good.

13. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

you just made one.

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Am super happy with this...

14. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Super Sammy with Super Sunder, more Super Stuff to come? !!!

15. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

Samsung wants to take the Apple route. They will become less, and less dependent on Android when they release Tizen. They want to control their hardware and software. This is why the GS4 was kinda underwhelming, they're saving the best spec phone for later this year when they release Tizen. Google also will eventually push Motorola into the #1 spot for android phones. Both companies understand that they must have a backup plan. Samsung, from a software standpoint, and a Google, from a hardware standpoint.

16. osmaankhaan unregistered

S for Sundar Pichai, s for samsung s for super hit collaboration.

18. DarkShadow

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

lm happy to hear this and now let show the world that... android rules !!!

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