Andy Rubin, the name that is synonymous with Google’s mobile OS – and the person that first brought Android to Google when he visited the company in 2004 – has stepped down as the head of Android.
In a blog post, Google CEO Larry Page stated: “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.”
Exactly what position Rubin will move to within Google is unclear, but it’s obviously likely to be some sort of major role – probably with an upcoming technology. Google Glass, the company’s AR specs, is one possibility that springs immediately to mind.
Sundar Pichai will be the new man heading up Android, and he also takes care of Chrome and Apps already. That makes sense in terms of bringing Android and Chrome closer together in the future…
Page said: “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.”
Will this have any possible negative effect on Android? Not really, because at this point, it’s far too dominant and entrenched in the mobile world. Which is doubtless why Google is shifting Rubin to a likely more nascent area where he can, they hope, work his magic once more.