450px 2008 Google Developer Day in Japan   Andy Rubin Googles Android manager Andy Rubin steps down

Andy Rubin, the guy behind Google's wildly successful mobile operating system Android, is stepping down from his post, handing the important role to another.

Andy Rubin, the guy behind Google's wildly successful mobile operating system Android, is stepping down from his post, handing the important role to another.

 
Sundar Pichai, who ran the division of Google responsible for Chrome, Google Drive and Gmail, will take Rubin's place. Part of the reason for his appointment is the merger of the Android team with Pichai's existing Chrome team, which could see further integration of the key Google software.
 
In many ways Google will be hoping to emulate the success of Android with the Chrome operating system, which has so far failed to gain anywhere near the same level of popularity. Both platforms do similar things and are potential competitors for the future, or might even be merged into a single product.
 
450px 2008 Google Developer Day in Japan   Andy Rubin Googles Android manager Andy Rubin steps down
 
“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,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google. “Andy, more moonshots please!”
 
There is no word yet on where Rubin will go, but it looks like he's staying with the company. Presumably the head honchos will want him overseeing the next big thing for Google, and that is likely to be Google Glass. If Rubin can help steer Glass into market dominance like he and his team did with Android, then Google will have another winner on its hands.
 
Fans of Android can probably safely echo Page's words. “More moonshots, please!”
 
Source: Reuters
Image Credit: Yoichiro Akiyama