Sundar Pichai Takes Over Andy Rubin As Google’s Android Chief

Google has announced change in the leadership in the Android team. In an official Google blog update, CEO Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin would be moving on from his role as head of Android at Google. In his place, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his current spots at Chrome and Apps.

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Andy Rubin who co-founded Android and sold it to Google in 2005 will take a different and undefined role in the company. Under Rubin, Android surged ahead of Apple’s software to command 70 percent of the operating systems on smartphones. Today , with over 900,000 Android devices activated each day Android is a growing force in the mobile industry.

An Indian American computer engineer and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur alumnus, Sunder Pichai currently oversees the Apps and Chrome projects. Pichai, who joined Google in 2004, has led the effort to roll out laptop computers that use the Chrome operating system. The company announced a high-end version, called Pixel, last month. CEO Larry Page mentions  750 million Android device activations as of Rubin’s move, and over 25 billion cumulative Google Play app downloads.  Google has sharpened its efforts to take on Apple in the multi-billion dollar smartphone and tablet markets. Android has leapfrogged Apple’s iOS mobile operating system to become the most widely used smartphone operating system world-wide.

Pichai joins the growing ranks of Indian-origin executives who hold senior leadership positions at Google -Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and chief business officer; Vic Gundotra, senior vice president, engineering, and Amit Singhal, senior vice president and Google fellow.

Pichai takes over Android at a very crucial period where the operating system is at its pinnacle.  Also Android could get another boost  on Thursday with Samsung Electronics Co.’s expected release of the latest smartphone in its popular Galaxy line.  I think his primary role will be to continue the momentum. His move also indicates that Android and Chrome OS will grow closer together, as they compete with Apple’s iOS and Mac OS and Windows.

What do you think about Sundar Pichai and his new role at Google?

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