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Andy Rubin steps down as Android head, Sundar Pichai from Chrome team takes over

Google CEO Larry Page has announced that Andy Rubin has stepped down as the head of the Android division in Google, and will take up a new role in the company. Sundar Pichai, who is Senior VP for Chro

Google CEO Larry Page has announced that Andy Rubin has stepped down as the head of the Android division in Google, and will take up a new role in the company. Sundar Pichai, who is Senior VP for Chrome and Apps will take over the leadership of the Android division.

Andy Rubin joined Google in 2004 and has been leading the Android division inside Google ever since. Larry Page revealed that under the stewardship of Rubin, more than 750 million Android devices have been activated globally and more than 60 OEMs have made devices using the operating system. It’s safe to say over the years Android has become the most ubiquitous mobile operating system.

In this period more than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from the Google Play store. While it has not been revealed what projects Andy Rubin will take up, Larry Page exuded a lot of confidence in handing over the reigns of Android to Sundar Pichai, who was behind the Chrome web browser which has over the years become an immense success, the Chrome OS and Google Apps like Google Docs and Google Drive.

  • Published Date: March 13, 2013 11:44 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 14, 2013 12:09 AM IST