It was just announced today—moments before the naming of a new Pope—that Android founder and figure-head Andy Rubin would be stepping down as the leader of the Android team. Rubin founded Android back in 2003 and was then purchased by Google in 2005, since then, he has remained in charge of the Android operating system under Google’s reign. Rubin has taken a little known project to the number one mobile OS in the world in just 10 years. Rubin was extremely proud of his efforts and that of the Android team, often boasting on Twitter whenever Android activation achieve another great milestone. It appears that Rubin is ready to move on and try something new, however, he’ll remain with Google hoping to find what CEO Larry Page calls another “moonshot.”
As for Android, the team will now be lead by Sundar Pichai, who’s been with Google for nine years and has recently been leading the Chrome and Apps team. Google CEO Page, says: “Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use — and he loves a big bet.” Page continues saying that Pichai will “double down” on Android development. We may even see the two OS’s merge or become more tightly integrated in the future.So while the man who founded Android is out of the team, he’s not out at Google. Rest assured Android fans, you’re in good hands.