As the Android platform surpasses 750,000,000 device sales around the world, the platform’s founder and chief leader, Andy Rubin, earlier this week announced that he is stepping down from heading the Google-ran division.
According to the guys over at TheNextWeb, Rubin isn’t leaving Google as a company, he’s just stepping down from his position as leader of the Android platform, and is set to be replaced by Sundar Pichai.
An Indian-American computer engineer, Pichai, (who was brought up in Tamil Nadu), on Wednesday became Senior Vice President of the Android Division, alongside maintaining his role as SVP of Chrome development and Google Apps at Google.
Andy Rubin – (image credit: Wikipedia)
“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,” Page said in a press statement issued on Wednesday.
Page notes that Rubin will release the reins of Android to focus on “start[ing] a new chapter at Google” …“Andy, more moonshots please!,” Page hinted.