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Google appoints Sundar Pichai to head Android division; Andy Rubin steps down

Search giant, Google has appointed its executive Sundar Pichai
to head its Android division after Andy Rubin, the architect of Android,
decided to step down from the role.

Pichai is overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications
like Google Drive and Gmail he will now take over Rubin’s responsibilities.

In a blog post, Larry Page, Google’s chief executive and
co-founder, credited Rubin for evangelizing Android several years ago and
building it into a free, open-source platform that runs on nearly three-quarters
of the world’s smartphones.

Search giant, Google has appointed its executive Sundar Pichai
to head its Android division after Andy Rubin, the architect of Android,
decided to step down from the role.

Pichai is overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications
like Google Drive and Gmail he will now take over Rubin’s responsibilities.

In a blog post, Larry Page, Google’s chief executive and
co-founder, credited Rubin for evangelizing Android several years ago and
building it into a free, open-source platform that runs on nearly three-quarters
of the world’s smartphones.

“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 wrote. “Andy, more moonshots please!

The merger of the Chrome and Android divisions reflects a
convergence of mobile and desktop software.

Page did not specify Rubin’s future role. Some analysts
speculated that Rubin, an executive with a knack for developing products, could
take on one of the company’s many budding projects such as its Glass eyewear or
the self-driving car.

Still, it remains unclear how Pichai would seek to merge Chrome
and Android, if at all. In his blog post, Page said Pichai would “double
down” on Android.

“Sundar has a talent for creating products that are
technically excellent yet easy to use – and he loves a big bet,” Page
wrote. “So 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.”

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