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New is Always Better: Android chief Rubin replaced by younger Pichai

Loie Favre
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Pinchai vs Rubin / © Google

Yesterday it was announced that Andy Rubin, heralded architect of Android, who has been a key player in the operating system's mind-blowing successes, is stepping down as Android chief. The position will be overtaken by Google Chrome chief Sundar Pichai. The two have long clashed as part of a political struggle between Rubin's Android and Pichai's Chrome OS. I sense drama behind Google's closed doors. Let's take a look at what these men have accomplished and what the future may have in store.

Pichai, the innovative young buck

The newly appointed chief, who was responsible for overseeing the Chrome internet browser, as well as Google cloud-based applications like Google Drive, Calender, Gmail and Google Maps, will now take the seat in turning a new page for Android and Chrome, the two projects now going through a merger. Pichai, now in power, is expected to hunker down on Android. I wonder if he will implement any drastic reforms?  Chrome is where the company is heading, now that it controls close to 35% of market shares.

Rubin, the legendary old-timer

Stepping down, or fired? Not quite sure. But it seems like this is a political game that is played out here, about who you know. Nonetheless, Rubin clearly forged the way for Android, which is now running in three-quarters for the world's smartphones, working is the world's largest handset manufacturers from Samsung to HTC. Rubin is said to have a special talent for developing products. A couple of years ago, Larry Page, Google's chief executive and co-founder, even gave Rubin props for ''evangelizing Android''. It's rumored that he may not disappear completely and take over smaller, yet emerging projects, like the infamous and controversial Google Glass, as well as the self-driving car.
Drama Alert: According Wired, Rubin’s name was dropped from a SXSW keynote just a few days before the Austin, Texas conference began.

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Chrome-Droid / © Google

Is new better?

I think that change and a fresh face is always better than to stagnate with someone older, whose been around for a while. Pichai is ten years younger than Rubin. It's my opinion that young people, do need to be given a bigger position in the world of technology, because of their budding and innovative ideas. Let's see what magic tricks and tech creations Pinchai has up his sleeve.

(2nd source: www.wired.com)

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  • Ti Mo Mar 14, 2013 Link

    Quote barney Stinson in heading of Blog entry: check.

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    Loie Favre Mar 14, 2013 Link

    Thank you! I'm glad that SOMEONE picked up on my How I met your Mother reference.

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  • Ti Mo Mar 14, 2013 Link

    Haha :D

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  • Andrew Gates Apr 15, 2013 Link

    Oh I doubt it was that dramatic! Android and Chome OS are both excellent products and everyone knows Google loves the R&D. Well... used to. Android is definitely much more developed but Chrome is awesome to repurpose all these netbooks that Intel soaked everyone for (ATOM'd!) Without Windows, they can be used as "kinda computers" instead of paperweights now and we can enjoy the fact that when we bring this situation up in 30 years, everyone will know exactly what we're talking about because they hosed EVERYONE with those things!

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