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Google's Android chief Andy Rubin steps down

  • The man behind Android, the world's top-selling mobile operating system, Andy Rubin, is to step down from his post, the company announced on Wednesday.

    Google appointed Sundar Pichai, who has been running its Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail, to take over Rubin's responsibilities.

    In a blog post, Larry Page, Google's chief executive and co-founder, praised Rubin for setting up Android in 2003 and turning it into a free, open-source platform that runs on nearly three-quarters of the world's smartphones.

    "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," Page wrote. "Andy, more moonshots please!

    Rubin’s decision comes as Google merges its Chrome and Android divisions under one roof.

    Page did not disclose any information on Rubin's future role.

    According to analysts, Rubin, renowned for developing products, could take on one of the company's projects such as its Glass eyewear or the self-driving car.