Mar 13 AT 12:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Andy Rubin hands over the reins of Android to Chrome OS boss Sundar Pichai


Google CEO Larry Page has just announced that Andy Rubin, the godfather of Android, will no longer lead the project as he moves on to start another project at Google. Taking over Android will be Sundar Pichai, who was the senior vice president of Chrome the last couple years.

Larry Page writes, “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.”

Reports indicate that Pichai will keep his role as VP of Chrome, which leads us to believe there will be tighter integration between Chrome and Android as the two platforms inch closer to a possible merge.

We don’t know what Andy Rubin will be working on next, or how this affects the future of Android, but I’m sure Google will have more to share over the coming weeks as we approach the Google IO conference in May. Head over to the source link for the full Update from the CEO, and share your reactions in the comments below.

Source: Google Blog

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  • Nate B.


    • poop francis

      about time this always drunk bum leaves, imho

  • Varemenos

    I’m pretty sure Andy left so he can lead the Google Glass project

    • scubabum

      I thought that Sergey Brin is already in charge of the Google Glass project.

      May be Andy’s next task would be to make Motorola relevant again.
      Now that’s a challenge.

  • jamal adam

    This definitely signals or at least hints at more integration between the two. Looks to be an interesting development and one worth looking forward to and to see how this integration/merger might take places over the next 5 years or so.

    • heat361

      It only makes sense that they both merge, I don’t see how Sundar Pichai could lead two different teams (chromeOS and android) at the same time. It also adds up with the chrome droid statue and the touch screen chromebook pixel.

      • jamal adam

        Looks to be a bright future for Android and Chrome. The possibilities are endless in terms of what they could achieve.

  • vforvortex

    Change can be good. Let’s hope both andy and sindar keep pushing the limits of Google and android to new heights and not rest. ( looking at you apple)

  • Kaote

    The beginning of Chrome/Android merging? Imagine if android updates were handled in a chrome format, always up to date. One can hope anyways.

    • thel0nerang3r

      Google started to move to that path. Now, Google apps are updated individually and separately from Android… it’s a start. Unfortunately, if you have a carrier locked handset, you are still at the mercy of the carrier.

  • adam suleiman

    good to all…

  • JC


  • Paul

    he wasn’t happy when they changed Android Market to the Play Store. He didn’t like how Google was changing his vision in order to sell movies, music, books, etc.

  • AceoStar

    Rubin for @Home!

  • aranea

    I always wondered why google would have two OSes while Android was capable of handling what chromeos does and more. Maybe now they’ll merge into one and we can have android running on ultrabooks too. Given tablets with keyboards are in essence like ultrabooks this will be a welcome news.

  • donger

    Just merge already.

  • Nathan D.

    I wounder what this means for Google. Hopefully, nothing wrong going to happen.

  • Maxmius

    I find it interesting that 2 Key executives leave very KEY post to join The X Lab

    Where only a handful of people know what is actually being developed there.

    Space elevators, tele-portation, Google Glass, Augmented reality are some of the rumored Moon Shot projects

    There must be some highly intriguing and valuable projects being tested that they would leave their positions to work at a secretive lab that most employees aren’t even aware of