A big shift for Android ecosystem: Sundar Pichai to replace Andy Rubin
In a rapidly changing mobile world, the search engine giant Google is replacing Andy Rubin with Sundar Pichai, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, as a head of Android ecosystem. Android has a tremendous growth curve, it should be interesting to see how this affects both Chrome and Android moving forward. It’s a familiar dance..
“The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world,” Page wrote. “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 said Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, will take Rubin’s place and will lead both the Chrome and Android divisions.
“Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use — and he loves a big bet,” wrote Page. “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.”
Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004 as a vice president of product management, overseeing search and consumer products such as iGoogle, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search and Gadgets, Google Pack, and Gears.
Here’s a cool infographic from comScore, Android currently owns the larger market share at 53 percent, while iPhone holds a strong #2 position at 36 percent.