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Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system has stepped down. Google announced that he would be replaced by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Chrome, Google Apps. Hence, Sundar will be heading both Chrome and Android.
Google CEO Larry Page wrote on a blog post, "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. Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. 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".
Andy Rubin, co-founded Android in 2003 and after Google's acquisition of Android in August 2005, Rubin continued his work on the platform, as he was absorbed by the search giant.
Currently, Google has global partnerships with over 60 manufacturers and more than 750 million devices run on Android based platforms.
CEO Larry Page wrote "Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts. But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices"
Even though, Andy Rubin has stepped out as the head of Android, this does not mean he will be quitting Google. Rather, he will be moving on to different projects.