The architect of Google’s Android’s operating system Andy Rubin is stepping down unexpectedly after a seven years at the helm. The surprise change was announced by Google on Wednesday and could raise new questions about Android’s direction as Google competes with Apple, Microsoft, and other tech companies rushing to gain ground in the lucrative mobile computing market. In his place, Google has appointed Sundar Pichai, the executive overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail, to take over Rubin’s spot.
‘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,’ Page wrote. ‘Andy, more moonshots please!
The merger of the Chrome and Android divisions helps resolve a longstanding tension in the Mountain View, California-based company’s corporate strategy, and reflects a convergence of mobile and desktop software.
To Celebrate Andy Rubins contribution to the highly successful Android platform as he stands down as chief we present Andy’s Compass!
This simple app features our favorite Droid Andy, albeit two of them in striking blue and red colors. The droids stand back to back pointing north to south as a working compass needle. No Android should lose its way after all.
Scattered all around are our favorite Android version icons named after sweet treats. Andy’s eyes are cast over his achievements of this highly successful platform and the team he led. Can you see him pointing the version he is most proud off?
So thank you Andy for making Android what it is today! This is our small tribute to you. Let Android continue to grow from strength to strength