Andy Rubin steps aside as Google’s Android chief

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.

  • Steven Fisher

    Good. I think Andy’s been out of the loop for some years now; his statements to the public have been good for entertainment value, but clearly have nothing to do with Google’s direction.

    I’ve felt badly for him for years. While I don’t agree with him, it’s clear he has the user in mind. He has different priorities than I would, but so what? His position must have been killing him inside.

  • I’m curious if this means that Android and Chrome are going be buddy buddy now? I am not a fan of google products but it would be interesting to see what the result of this management shake up is going to be. Android is in a very odd position right now. It’s in every phone but it’s kind of like the Windows of smart phones. People don’t buy a windows pc because it has windows. They buy the brand. People now seem to be less the Android loyalist and more the Samsung, HTC, etc etc loyalist. So is this a new strategy by google because they have Motorola and Chrome OS in mind?

  • 250 million new Android devices since September 12th of last year. Well, that could also be 299, because Rubin said “more” than 750 million – but if they activated 790 million, Rubin would have said “close to 800 million).

    In September, they had 1.3 million daily activations.

    250 mio devices / 183 days since that announcement = 1.37 mio devices per day.

    Or 1.64 mio new devices per day if they activated 300 mio new devices (but Rubin would have talked about 800 or close to 800 mio activations, so the number is definitely lower).

    If you know that their daily activations increased from 900k activations per day in last June to 1.3 mio activations in September, even the better one of the new numbers is not that impressive.

  • Good stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing Pichai’s affect on the ecosystem.

  • BC2009

    I’ve never been a fan of Andy Rubin. I’d be interested to know what happened behind closed doors on this one.

  • I look forward to the reams of digital ink that will be spilled, telling us how this exodus means doom for Apple… I mean Google.

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