Andy Rubin, whose creation – Android – has profoundly revolutionized the mobile industry, has stepped down from his post in Google. CEO Larry Page announced the surprising news via the company’s blog. From the blog post, it appears the decision may have been Rubin’s; however he will still remain at the company, with Page stating that he will be “starting a new chapter at Google”.
Taking over the reins from Rubin is Sundar Pichai, the VP of Chrome and Apps. It is an interesting progression, because Chrome (and quite possibly Chrome OS) and Android will now be headed by the same person – which gives rise to the theory that Chrome OS may well merge with Android sooner rather than later. As it stands, there are already certain rumours that seem to back it up: Google’s touch-enabled Chromebook Pixel notebook running on Chrome OS does not make sense, but is certainly a very interesting proposition on Android. Also, Google Now looks likely to be integrated to the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, after a new Google Now flag was added to the Chromium backend.
(Source: Google Blog)
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