Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 17:58 UTC
Google Andy Rubin, who created Android and has led its development both at Android Inc. and later at Google, has decided to step down as the big Android boss at Google. Having created the world's "most-used mobile operating system", as Google CEO Larry Page refers to it, I'd say his stint has been successful. Interestingly enough, he will be succeeded by Sundar Pichai - Chrome OS boss. Yes.
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Larry Page's announcement decoded.
by Tony Swash on Wed 13th Mar 2013 18:48 UTC
Tony Swash
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Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts.

Turned out he was

But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.

So we stole a lot of code from Sun which luckily had a management about to throw in the towel and and who didn't have a clue what we were up to.

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.

We are not going to talk about Android as a business, about how much it has cost us and how it's still costing us, and how little money we have made from it. We believe in making all the world's data available to everyone except for how much we spend on Android, how much we make on Android, how many Nexus devices we have sold……..

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 - it's time to fuck off and die. Look on the plus side, you get to share an office with Eric Schmidt. All those stories about him are not true by the way.

Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use—and he loves a big bet. Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. 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.

Let's talk about Chrome, forget Android, that's so yesterday. Android cost how much?!

Today we’re living in a new computing environment. People are really excited about technology and spending a lot of money on devices. This is driving faster adoption than we have ever seen before. The Nexus program—developed in conjunction with our partners Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung—has become a beacon of innovation for the industry, and services such as Google Now have the potential to really improve your life.

Don't mention Motorola. Don't spook Samsung.

We’re getting closer to a world where technology takes care of the hard work—discovery, organization, communication—so that you can get on with what makes you happiest… living and loving.

We still don't know what to do about Samsung taking all the fucking profits from Android, that was never part of our game plan.

It’s an exciting time to be at Google.

If only we could bank excitement we could make as much from Android as Samsung have. We blame Andy. Want to try on these weird looking glasses?

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