(Reuters) – Google’s chief executive and co-founder, Larry Page, wrote on his weblog on Wednesday that Android’s chief Andy Rubin’s place was taken by Sundar Pichai. Although Rubin has had a noteworthy contribution to the development of Google’s Android OS, Page is willing to make some changes by appointing Sundar Pichai, the former supervisor of Chrome Web browser and applications.
Andy Rubin’s name is less known among Google users. Yet, his work has been decisive in making Android one of the most used operating systems in the world. In spite of his contribution, Andy Rubin will be replaced by Sundar Pichai following chief executive Larry Page’s decision to combine all software divisions under one single department.
The announcement was first published on Page’s personal weblog on Wednesday, informing people that Andy Rubin’s mission within the Android division has come to an end. Larry Page did not forget to credit Rubin for the numerous accomplishments that Google has had ever since the operating system was introduced on the market in 2007. He reminded readers the decisions that Rubin has made during his leadership have turned Android into a free, open-source platform that is used on nearly three-quarters of the world’s smartphones.
Google’s executives believe they have managed to achieve unexpected goals for Android; therefore, it is time for the company to move on to another chapter. Rubin, too, has expressed his wish to get involved in new projects within the company and agreed to pass the torch to his colleague, Sundar Pichai of the Chrome division.
By choosing to handle responsibilities for the Android and the Chrome divisions to one single person, Google has revealed its intentions to dedicate more attention to mobile devices. The separation between the mobile and the desktop divisions has given lots of headaches to Google’s employees and Page hopes the merge will settle things once and for all.
Pichai has registered good results in the Chrome division, as well. In fact, analysts believe the future of the software company is in the production of Chrome-based products. The measures that Pichai is willing to adopt for the merge of the two departments have not been disclosed, yet, but executives are convinced efforts will eventually pay off. Rubin’s future role in the company remains unknown for the moment. His propensity for the promotion of new products has pushed analysts into thinking that he could be in charge of supervising the Google Glass or the self-driving car projects.