Fast forward to today. The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: 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. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. 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. Andy, more moonshots please!
Andy Rubin started Android back in 2003, before it was acquired by Google. Google CEO Larry Page, who wrote the blog post we’ve linked to, didn’t offer details on what Rubin is doing next.
Sundar Pichai is taking over Google’s Android efforts. He’s a senior VP at Google who also heads up their Apps and Chrome efforts.