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Google Android Co-founder And Head Andy Rubin To Step Aside

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Internet search giant Google, Inc.'s (GOOG: Quote) Founder and Chief Executive Officer Larry Page revealed Wednesday in an official blog post that Android OS founder Andy Rubin has decided to step aside and "hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google." Rubin was serving as senior vice president of mobile and digital content at Google while heading Android division.

"Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google. Andy, more moonshots please!," Page wrote in the blog post.

Rubin would now reportedly move on to assist Page in the ultra secretive Google X Lab skunkworks division, which is looking into innovations such as Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars.

Rubin is the co-founder and former CEO of Android, Inc. and wireless software and services company Danger, Inc., which was acquired by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). He began his career as an engineer at Apple Computer.

Rubin will be succeeded Sundar Pichai, who will lead Android, in addition to his existing role of heading Chrome and Apps divisions.

"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," Page added.

Pichai, an Indian American computer engineer, was most recently serving as senior vice president of Chrome and Apps. He was previously vice president of product management at Google.

Pichai, who joined Google in 2004, was responsible for a suite of Google's client software products, including Google Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as being largely responsible for Google Drive. He also oversaw the development of different apps like Gmail and Google Maps.

Prior to joining Google, Pichai held several engineering and product management positions at Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT), and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co.

Page noted that, "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."

Meanwhile, Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world, and has global partnerships with more than 60 manufacturers. It has already been activated on more than 750 million devices globally, and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play.

GOOG closed Wednesday's regular trading session at $825.31, down $2.30 or 0.28% on a volume of 1.64 million shares.

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