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
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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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moondevil Member since:

I am still wondering if Google eventually transitions from Java based environment to something else as result from the issues with Oracle.

Maybe this will be part of such transition.

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butters Member since:

I hope so, as long as the "something else" isn't Dart/GWT.

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JAlexoid Member since:

Why are you feeding the troll? Not even inventive...

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Tony Swash Member since:

What this means for Android is covered in this interesting article

As the author correctly notes it's not just Rubin's departure that is a surprise.

"Rubin stepping down at all is a surprise: The now-well-known robot enthusiast co-founded Android as a small startup back in 2003 and has overseen its development ever since. He's remained the proud papa of the platform from day one, heading up its development at Google (which bought the startup in 2005) and earning the title of "senior vice president of mobile and digital content."

Even more eyebrow-raising, though, is the nature of Rubin's replacement. Sundar Pichai already heads up development of both Chrome and Chrome OS as well as a number of apps, including Gmail and Google Calendar -- and, perhaps most significant, will continue overseeing those projects while taking on his new Android-oriented responsibilities.

Chrome OS and Android, together at last?

Oh, hello, giant elephant in the room."

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:

Hey Tony, ArsTechnica posted this story too, are you going to spam them with the exact same comment? Or are you just going to stick to OSNews and DailyTech?

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JAlexoid Member since:

I hope you are aware what a blind Apple fanboi that annoying person is...

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Bit_Rapist Member since:

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.

Google did not steal a darn thing from Sun or Oracle.

Sun open sourced Java! The original argument about a license was for a license to use the Java(tm) logo which google never needed because they don't advertise Android as being Java. I've never seen a java logo on an Android phone or in the OS.

Oracle tried to change the rules after the fact when they sued Google over Java APIs.

What Oracle tried to pull would be like AT&T suing Apple and any other company that used BSD Unix for not having a license for various Unix APIs even though they are following the BSD License.

It was a joke and Oracle deserved to lose.

the only people I've ever met who think Oracle had a valid claim are clueless Apple fans who don't even understand the fscking industry and the damage an Oracle win would have done.

Piss off.

Edited 2013-03-15 18:56 UTC

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