There has been a significant change in the ranks of Google today. Andy Rubin, the man who created Android, and then continued to lead its development after the platform was purchased by Google, is stepping down in order to focus his talents elsewhere in Google. He will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, best known for his leadership roles on the Google Chrome project. Pichai will continue to work on the Chrome team.
Larry Page, CEO of Google, made the following blog post announcing this change:
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.