Android chief moves on

Android head and chief evangelist Andy Rubin is stepping down from the role, Google has revealed.
 
Rubin will be replaced by browser and applications chief Sundar Pichai, who will retain responsibility for Chrome and Google's apps operations, CEO Larry Page said in a blog post announcing the changeover.
 
Page said the decision to leave was Rubin's, and that he will take up a new position at Google.
 
“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,” Page said. “Andy, more moonshots please!”
 
As of today, over 750 million Android devices have been activated worldwide, and 25 billion apps have been downloaded from Google Play, according to the chief executive.
 
“While Andy's a really hard act to follow...Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use—and he loves a big bet,” Page added, pointing to the success of Google's Chrome browser.

Suggested Articles

Wireless operators can provide 5G services with spectrum bands both above and below 6 GHz—but that doesn't mean that all countries will let them.

Here are the stories we’re tracking today.

The 5G Mobile Network Architecture research project will implement two 5G use cases in real-world test beds.