Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin stepped down from his post after Google Incorporated decided to combine their mobile software divisions into one department, the company announced on Wednesday night.
The company announced the development in a statement posted on their official blog wherein Google Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page offered praises to Rubin for developing the highly-successful operating system, which is currently used by a huge number of smartphones.
Page said: “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.”
“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.”
Page also announced that Sundar Pichai will now handle Android in addition to his task of overseeing their highly-successful browser – the Google Chrome – to go along with the company’s popular web applications such as the Google Drive and Google Mail. The executive also hinted that the company will address the massive growth of mobile devices nowadays.
Page added: “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.”
But while Rubin stepped down following the merger of the Chrome and Android divisions, he is expected to take a new role. The company gave no hints about that possibility, but experts believe that Rubin will handle the company’s latest and upcoming projects like the Google Glass and self-driving vehicles.
[Source: Google Official Blog]