Andy Rubin’s got smartphones in his blood. He helped create the Danger Hiptop, better known to many of you as the T-Mobile Sidekick, before switching gears and co-founding Android. As such, he’s been an integral part of the development of Android ever since its inception. While he’s had a great run, it looks like Rubin has decided to take up new pursuits, as Google announced today that he’s stepping down from the Android leadership and will be turning his role over to Sundar Pichai.
Pichai has led projects like Chrome and Google Drive, as well as worked on Gmail and Google Maps apps. That could make for an interesting new perspective, with a software guy replacing one who also has extensive experience with hardware. This could also raise some eyebrows about Chrome’s future, particularly when it comes to Chrome OS; will that continue on its own path, or is it destined to get rolled-up into Android?
In his announcement of the transition, Larry Page waxes philosophical about where Android’s headed from here. He talks of “a world where technology takes care of the hard work—discovery, organization, communication—so that you can get on with what makes you happiest… living and loving.” That sounds like a whole lot more Google+ and Google Now-like integration is in store for future Android releases.