Apr 08 AT 7:43 PM Alberto Vildosola 15 Comments

CEO Larry Page shakes up things at Google, Andy Rubin becomes chief of mobile

It’s just been a few days since Larry Page (right) took the role of CEO at Google, but the company’s co-founder is not wasting any time. Following Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg’s departure last Monday, Larry continues shuffling things around at Plex. There’ll be now seven Senior Vice Presidents in charge of certain product categories at Google. All seven executives report directly to Larry, making the decision-making process a lot more streamlined. Here’s a summary of Page’s new lieutenants.

  • Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile
  • Vic Gundotra, SVP of Social
  • Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome
  • Salar Kamangar, SVP of YouTube and video
  • Alan Eustace, SVP of Search
  • Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Ads
  • Jeff Huber, SVP of Local & Commerce

The one we’re interested in is the very first one, Andy Rubin. Mr. Rubin — head of Android development — will now lead all of Google’s mobile efforts. What does this mean for you? A lot more integration between Google’s mobile products and Android. We can expect a more aggressive strategy to bring Google’s products to Android. Google Docs comes to mind, which has no official app for Android. It’s also possible that products like Google Voice now fall under Andy Rubin’s control. Meaning, we could see Google Voice taken to new heights on Android. Features like MMS support and VoIP calling could find their way into the Google Voice app for Android in the coming months. I’m very excited to see what comes out of this management revamp at Google.

Source: LA Times

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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      Ha, they’re two different pictures. Hope you’re not referring to my Photoshop skills.

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    OMG…. MMS support in Google Voice! I been using Google Voice to SMS my friends for around 2 yrs and I missed MMS

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    I’m glad some changes are being made. As much power that they have, they’re really lacking in certain departments, like customer service and support. I hope this new CEO addresses this issue. It’d be so nice to be able to actually communicate with Google whenever I have a problem with a google service such as google voice or google checkout.

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    FYI, VoIP is already available on Android since Gingerbread, although it’s not highly marketed since it’s currently a fairly advanced feature. If you have a SIP account and a supported provider, you can set it up under Settings->Call settings->Internet call settings .