Android and Chrome in harmony?

Android founder Andy Rubin steps aside for Google Chrome’s Sundar Pichai

Chris Mayer
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The man behind the smartphone operating system will focus on new projects at Google, and makes way for Chrome VP.

The founder of Android, Andy Rubin has stepped aside from
his role behind the mobile platform, to take on new projects at
Google.

As revealed in a
blogpost from Google CEO Larry Page
, the man
considered the father of the open source smartphone has
decided it’s time to hand over the reins,” leaving
his role as Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content “to
start a new chapter at Google.”

Rubin has been synonymous with the operating system, since
founding Android Inc. in 2003, seeking to develop smarter
location-aware mobile devices. Two years later, Google came calling
and the rest, as they say, is history.

Page outlines some of the stats which have led Android to the
top in around a decade’s worth of hard work, making it the world’s
most used mobile operating system:

“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”

Taking over from Rubin is Senior Vice President of Chrome,
Sundar Pichai, billed as the
rising star at Mountain View
by some, and is best known for his
part in Google’s browser, Chrome, as well as the delivery of Chrome
OS. 

Some quarters have suggested that Pichai’s appointment could
pave the way for Android and Chrome OS converging in the near
future, especially since he will in charge of development of both
projects. Pichai told Wired last
month
that the two had different philosophies and Google would
continue to push both.

“This may enable the applications to even look the same
across platforms and users don’t even care about the underlying
technology,” explains Pichai. Whether tighter integration is on the
cards moving forward remains to be seen.  

Rubin’s legacy shouldn’t be understated though. Android now
holds around

70%
of the global smartphone market
according to Strategy Analytics, and continues to be innovative
seven major releases in. That and much much more is testament to
Rubin’s vision.

The mobile ecosystem has grown demonstratively in Android’s
ten year stay – under new leadership can this continue? We
certainly hope so.

Image courtesy of Joi

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