The creator of Google’s mobile operating system is stepping down from his position as head of Android. Andy Rubin introduced the idea of Android to Google back in 2004 and has headed up the OS ever since. He will continue to work with Google, but the company has not revealed what his role will be going forward.
Rubin is replaced by Sundar Pichai, who will continue in his roles as the head of Chrome and Google Apps. The change puts Android and Chrome together under Pichai, which could be a sign that Google is looking to further integrate its mobile OS and Internet browser. Though Google did not indicate any such plan in the news of the staff change, there have been previous reports of Android and Chrome converging.
Google CEO Larry Page announced the change on the company’s blog. Page took time to praise both men, stating that, “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.” The same blog post also included some sales figures, revealing that 750 million Android devices have been activated worldwide and 25 billion apps have been downloaded from the Google Play app store.