Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of Chrome and Apps will take on the leadership of the Android operating system, replacing Andy Rubin, the company said today.
“Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use — and he loves a big bet. … 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,” CEO Larry Page wrote on the company’s blog.
Pichai, originally from India, joined Google in 2004. Like Page and co-founder Sergey Brin, Pichai is a graduate of Stanford University.
Rubin pioneered Google’s open-source mobile operating system. While it is the most widely used operating system in the world, its adaptation to various carriers and devices has hamstrung its profitability for third-party developers.
Rubin will remain at Google, but the company declined to say what his new role will be.