Andy Rubin steps down as Android lead

Google has announced that Andy Rubin will no longer be leading the Android team at Google and that Sundar Pichai will be taking his position.

The post, penned by Google’s CEO, Larry Page, highlights the tremendous job that Andy has done to build Android up to what it is today. In short, saying that Andy has done a fantastic job of building up the platform and exceeding internal expectations, but he (Andy) has decided to hand over control of the platform.

Rubin will be replaced by Pichai who is currently the Vice President of the Chrome business unit for Google. 

No word on what Andy will be doing at Google but the post makes it seem that he will take on a new role at the company. In addition, Page praised Rubin for his hard work and said he is a “really hard act to follow”.

Seeing that Android is the dominant mobile os out in the market with the largest market share, we can’t fathom that Rubin was ousted for poor performance. In addition, the fact that he is staying at Google further contributes that this was a mutual agreement to turn the keys over to Pichai. 

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Rubin is probably going to work for Samsung on their new OS No but seriously, two hopeful predictions of mine: 1) Google scraps chromeOS. 2) Google creates licensing for next iterations of Android to prevent compatibility if base OS other than drivers modified. We really need a guarantee of OS continuity and prevention of segmentation. Hardware vendors will break the future of mobile software development with their greed.

Rubin has run two mobile companies - Danger Inc then Android Inc, both companies later acquired by Microsoft and Google. He likely had his own vision of what Android should become and it wasn't the direction google wanted to take. Him being VP of the product he created also seems like google always intended to take the project in their own direction and they want to replace Rubin now since its obvious their two roadmaps don't line up.

Rubin likely plans to leave google and start up another mobile company at this point, him having to take orders and not being in charge is something he isn't used to. Thus the reason he is being 'assigned' to other parts of google without any real indication on what he will do next - ie. he's on paid leave and eventually will depart the company.

Does not matter!

Ultimately, Android ecosystem should not see a change irrespective of Google's or Motorola's financial gains or losses. It will be a huge blunder on the part of Google if they seek to change the way that Android apps or store works. I thought the whole business thing was conceived by Rubin and now that he is out, that may change the ecosystem. I really hope Google knows it is liable for the Android OS. It should actually improve its commitment to the open ecosystem that Android needs to become. It sits on $40 billion in cash. Does it even matter to it that Motorola was a flop? If they charge for an OS license etc, they need to be sued.

pgn said,

Rubin likely plans to leave google and start up another mobile company at this point, him having to take orders and not being in charge is something he isn't used to. Thus the reason he is being 'assigned' to other parts of google without any real indication on what he will do next - ie. he's on paid leave and eventually will depart the company.

Wrong, he will be working in the X team department at Google.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3...-unit-jeff-huber-steps-down

DarkNet said,
Let me modify that for you. Let's hope that this could mean Chrome OS and Android actually merge.

Wish it would. Was discussed last year?? that Chrome would replace the default Browser. Like Safari on iOS.

DarkNet said,
Let me modify that for you. Let's hope that this could mean Chrome OS and Android actually merge.

why do you guys want Chrome OS and Android to merge? We already have seen what could happen: Windows 8. I like Windows 8, but people seem to hate it, but yet, people want Chrome OS and Android to merge in a similar fashion?

FalseAgent said,

why do you guys want Chrome OS and Android to merge? We already have seen what could happen: Windows 8. I like Windows 8, but people seem to hate it, but yet, people want Chrome OS and Android to merge in a similar fashion?

I was talking about the Chrome browser. I do not want the OS to merge.

techbeck said,

I was talking about the Chrome browser. I do not want the OS to merge.


Whoops, sorry, I quoted the wrong reply. I was referring to DarkNet's first reply to my comment.

I actually want the two OS to merge. It would be nice to have something similar to what Motorola did a couple of years ago with their desktop phone laptop. Motorola had the right idea but the wrong implementation.

Also to techbeck Chrome did replace the Android Browser. I have you picked up a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 or Nexus 10? Also the JB update that the HD Razr got over the weekend replaced Motorola's crap with Android stock experience. Meaning browser, calendar, dialer, gallery etc.

FalseAgent said,

why do you guys want Chrome OS and Android to merge? We already have seen what could happen: Windows 8. I like Windows 8, but people seem to hate it, but yet, people want Chrome OS and Android to merge in a similar fashion?

How did you get to that conclusion? Chrome OS went to a desktop like interface with a start menu like system. Android is highly customizable. So I am scratching my head thinking why you think it would be like Windows 8. You are reaching for sure.

Have you used Chrome OS lately? Have you used Android lately? Have you seen how visually appealing both have become?

DarkNet said,
Also to techbeck Chrome did replace the Android Browser. I have you picked up a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 or Nexus 10? Also the JB update that the HD Razr got over the weekend replaced Motorola's crap with Android stock experience. Meaning browser, calendar, dialer, gallery etc.

Really? I have my phone rooted so maybe the ROM added back the Browser.

FalseAgent said,

Whoops, sorry, I quoted the wrong reply. I was referring to DarkNet's first reply to my comment.

np, I didnt see where he said OS at first so I was just clarifying what I meant.

DarkNet said,
I actually want the two OS to merge. It would be nice to have something similar to what Motorola did a couple of years ago with their desktop phone laptop. Motorola had the right idea but the wrong implementation.

Also to techbeck Chrome did replace the Android Browser. I have you picked up a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 or Nexus 10? Also the JB update that the HD Razr got over the weekend replaced Motorola's crap with Android stock experience. Meaning browser, calendar, dialer, gallery etc.

Chrome is only the default on Nexus devices. Non-nexus devices still use the regular android browser.

SharpGreen said,

Chrome is only the default on Nexus devices. Non-nexus devices still use the regular android browser.


Again you haven't read a thing I wrote. And also, YOU ARE WRONG!

Apparently I have to use caps so you read what I am actually saying.

I wrote it is default for Nexus 4, 7 and 10 and also the LATEST update for the Motorola Razr has replaced the Motorola apps with default Android apps INCLUDING the browser for Chrome.

http://www.droid-life.com/2013...gle-apps-instead-changelog/

Please pay attention to what I write. I was very clear on what I had to say. Don't swoop in if you know only a bit of the truth.

DarkNet said,

Again you haven't read a thing I wrote. And also, YOU ARE WRONG!

Apparently I have to use caps so you read what I am actually saying.

I wrote it is default for Nexus 4, 7 and 10 and also the LATEST update for the Motorola Razr has replaced the Motorola apps with default Android apps INCLUDING the browser for Chrome.

http://www.droid-life.com/2013...gle-apps-instead-changelog/

Please pay attention to what I write. I was very clear on what I had to say. Don't swoop in if you know only a bit of the truth.

Oh. So it's also on the new HTC One? And what about the GSIV that's supposed to be announced today? I'd bet they still have the stock browser. Right along with every other Jelly Bean device not controlled by Google. So NO I'm not wrong.

SharpGreen said,

Oh. So it's also on the new HTC One? And what about the GSIV that's supposed to be announced today? I'd bet they still have the stock browser. Right along with every other Jelly Bean device not controlled by Google. So NO I'm not wrong.

Do you know how to read? Seriously? Or is it you have to be right that you ignore what anyone else is saying? I NEVER said it was the default for JB. I said it is available on these SPECIFIC devices. Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx. If you notice, Droid Razr and Maxx are not Nexus devices like you CLAIMED only Nexus devices have it.

So that makes you wrong again. Shall we continue?

Might be something to do with his product being the most litigated against in history? Google is losing every single court case and every Android licensee is paying money to Microsoft for his IP theft. Android has been proven in court over and over and over (10 losses so far) to be a total rip off. Jeez, he even stole from Microsoft. How lame is that?

Their biggest customer Samsung will dump Android over the next year or so. He's taken the money. Now he's running. Rat, sinking ships and all that come to mind.

Major Plonquer said,
Might be something to do with his product being the most litigated against in history? Google is losing every single court case and every Android licensee is paying money to Microsoft for his IP theft. Android has been proven in court over and over and over (10 losses so far) to be a total rip off. Jeez, he even stole from Microsoft. How lame is that?

Their biggest customer Samsung will dump Android over the next year or so. He's taken the money. Now he's running. Rat, sinking ships and all that come to mind.

Wow, a lot of assumptions over leadership changes. Samsung will not ditch Android. They may not always be dominant, but thats the nature of the game.

And most of the major court cases against Android are not directed at Google. They are mainly directed at Samsung, HTC, and others. So not sure where you are going with that. Samsung and HTC both have been won cases and lost cases so again, not sure what you are getting at by saying Android lost every single court case.

And no company is innocent in copying/using others ideas. But it is easy to blame only blame companies that are hot topics I guess.

Google hasn't lost any court cases against Android. Wow. That was just a pathetic comment.

Since you like making assumptions let me add mine. Why are Apple and Microsoft are too scared to sue Google.

DarkNet said,
Google hasn't lost any court cases against Android. Wow. That was just a pathetic comment.

Since you like making assumptions let me add mine. Why are Apple and Microsoft are too scared to sue Google.


Because they don't need to. It's easier and cheaper to sue OEMs.

siah1214 said,

Because they don't need to. It's easier and cheaper to sue OEMs.

No, its because of the OEMs and their customizations that are causing Apple and others to sue them. Google has NO say/input in the hardware/ui changes made by OEMs so it would make no sense for them to get sued.

Major Plonquer said,
Might be something to do with his product being the most litigated against in history? Google is losing every single court case and every Android licensee is paying money to Microsoft for his IP theft. Android has been proven in court over and over and over (10 losses so far) to be a total rip off. Jeez, he even stole from Microsoft. How lame is that?

Their biggest customer Samsung will dump Android over the next year or so. He's taken the money. Now he's running. Rat, sinking ships and all that come to mind.

sheesh.

DarkNet said,
Why are Apple and Microsoft are too scared to sue Google.

It's not about being scared.
Apple and Microsoft can't make claims against Google directly, as Google doesn't profit directly from OEMs licensing the OS.

siah1214 said,

Because they don't need to. It's easier and cheaper to sue OEMs.

It's cheaper to sue Samsung on the TouchWiz crap than it is to sue Google. Oh wait TouchWiz is a Samsung thing. Try again. Do you even know why Apple was suing Samsung or did you read a headline and ASSume it was Android in general. Gesh!

deadonthefloor said,

It's not about being scared.
Apple and Microsoft can't make claims against Google directly, as Google doesn't profit directly from OEMs licensing the OS.


So Android is the leader and rather than taking out the head they scrape the barnacles off the feet. Makes perfect sense

Major Plonquer said,
Might be something to do with his product being the most litigated against in history? Google is losing every single court case and every Android licensee is paying money to Microsoft for his IP theft. Android has been proven in court over and over and over (10 losses so far) to be a total rip off. Jeez, he even stole from Microsoft. How lame is that?

Their biggest customer Samsung will dump Android over the next year or so. He's taken the money. Now he's running. Rat, sinking ships and all that come to mind.

No it has not been proven to be a total rip off. Let's see, there was BS patent about highlighting phone numbers in text (that almost every mobile OS does), then there was the BS lawsuit about Java...which they didn't lose...then Apple's crusade against people using rounded rectangles which is still ongoing. Also MS's crap is against Linux...not specifically Android.

Did I miss any?

wow, that was totally unexpected :-)
or maybe very expected, Chrome was always promoted as the future of Google

One thing is cretin
- Android will get an update like Chrome I guess, once every 6 to 8 weeks :-)
- Android will skyrocket, the Chrome team loves speeeeeeeeed
- And Android will stop working offline I guess :-(

It wont stop working in offline mode. Just because what going on with Chrome (even Chrome has an offline mode) doesnt mean the same changes will be implemented in Android.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"I think that john.smith is insane"

Fixed that for you.

Thanks good that some people think

of course I am sarcastic, how much brain power is required to see that?

I was joking with that post. But yes, with the first one I didn't really know what to think, you see all kinds of people around here lately