andy_rubin_headshotGoogle CEO Larry Page today announced that Andy Rubin is stepping down as head of the company's Android division, turning over the reins to Sundar Pichai, who has led Google's Chrome and Apps efforts.

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.

Rubin will remain with Google, heading up unspecified new products.

Rubin, who spent several years at Apple as an engineer, co-founded Android in 2003 and remained at the head of those efforts following Google's acquisition of Android in August 2005. Apple has claimed that a key Android framework was inspired by his work at Apple, although the company has refrained from pressing that issue in court as it has focused its legal battles on manufacturers of Android-based handsets rather Android itself.

In his post, Page also shares some new Android statistics, revealing that over 750 million Android devices have been activated worldwide and that over 25 billion apps have been downloaded from the Google Play marketplace.

Top Rated Comments

roxxette Avatar
145 months ago
Andy Rubin. AKA, corrupt, thieving, lying, stool Pidgin.

Thermonuclear Andy, Thermonuclear. :apple:

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Nice. ;)

Stop making a fool of yourself :(
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Oletros Avatar
145 months ago
Andy Rubin. AKA, corrupt, thieving, lying, stool Pidgin.

And I like when people says more about themselves that they say about the people they trying to slander
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Yelmurc Avatar
145 months ago
Did Google just copy Apple's Forstall ouster?
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Shrink Avatar
145 months ago
lol he even copies job's looks

There's a lawsuit in there somewhere.

Two eye, a nose, a mouth...just like Jobs!:eek:

:D
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Oletros Avatar
145 months ago
I have worked with him before. He is a horrible horrible person.

And he kills puppies :rolleyes:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac-Mariachi Avatar
145 months ago
Yeah right!

"...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."

More like, "Hey, I´m working on some cool frameworks for Apple´s new mobile OS. I can give them to you if I run the Android division."
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