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Google has announced that Android division head Andy Rubin will leave his role as Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google.
Andrew E. Rubin co-founded and was the CEO of Android, Inc., a software company acquired by Google in 2005.
Rubin will no longer helm the Android division, but he will stay in the company and wait for his yet unspecified new assignment.
Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page personally wrote words of praise to Rubin in a blog post.
Andy has surpassed the most-challenging goals for the Android mobile operating system, and he will leave his reins to a well-established leadership team, wrote Page.
Rubin will start a new chapter at Google and be replaced by Google SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai.
Pichai currently has led product management and innovation for many Google client software products, such as Google Chrome and Chrome OS, along with a major role in Google Drive.
The Tamil Indian computer engineer has helped build Chrome into a service with a rapidly growing user base in the hundreds of millions.
Pichai, who joined Google in 2004, has overseen the development of several apps, such as Gmail and Google Maps.
Page said Pichai has a knack of building technically efficient products that are easy to use.
Andy is a tough act to follow but Sundar is more than capable to do the job, Page added.
The full announcement from Page reads,
Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts. But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.
Fast forward to today. The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: We have a 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. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android — and with a really strong leadership team in place — Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. Andy, more moonshots please!
Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use — and he loves a big bet. Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward.
Today we’re living in a new computing environment. People are really excited about technology and spending a lot of money on devices. This is driving faster adoption than we have ever seen before. The Nexus program—developed in conjunction with our partners Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung—has become a beacon of innovation for the industry, and services such as Google Now have the potential to really improve your life. We’re getting closer to a world where technology takes care of the hard work—discovery, organization, communication—so that you can get on with what makes you happiest… living and loving. It’s an exciting time to be at Google.
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