Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin steps aside

Larry Page, Google CEO has issued the following statement, verbatim, via Google’s Official Blog:

Sergey and I first heard about Android back in 2004, when Andy Rubin came to visit us at Google. He believed that aligning standards around an open-source operating system would drive innovation across the mobile industry. Most people thought he was nuts. But his insight immediately struck a chord because at the time it was extremely painful developing services for mobile devices. We had a closet full of more than 100 phones and were building our software pretty much device by device. It was nearly impossible for us to make truly great mobile experiences.

Fast forward to today. The pace of innovation has never been greater, and Android is the most used mobile operating system in the world: we have a global partnership of over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded from Google Play. Pretty extraordinary progress for a decade’s work. 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!

Andy Rubin
Google’s Andy Rubin. You got the glasses wrong, Andy. And that’s supposed to be a mock turtleneck, you imitative twit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MacDailyNews Take: Google’s Andy Rubin is going to “start a new chapter?” So, who wrote the original?

Larry continues:

Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. 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. 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.

Today we’re living in a new computing environment. People are really excited about technology and spending a lot of money on devices. This is driving faster adoption than we have ever seen before. The Nexus program—developed in conjunction with our partners Asus, HTC, LG and Samsung—has become a beacon of innovation for the industry, and services such as Google Now have the potential to really improve your life. We’re getting closer to 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. It’s an exciting time to be at Google.

Posted by Larry Page, CEO

MacDailyNews Take: And where did Andy come from? Apple. Of course.

Oh, by the way: In 2011, Apple told the U.S. ITC: Android started at Apple while Andy Rubin worked for us.

Oh, BTW again, here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone (Andy was busy cloning BlackBerrys before Steve Jobs showed him the future):

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

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  1. Most people thought he was nuts because they thought that such a system would be prone to security risks, but Andy assured those critics that no one would really care in the end. It was all about being free. Get some hardware vendors on board and get them to give the product away with the promise of market-share. Forget about profits, at least, for the foreseeable future. “And remember,” said Andy, “you’re not selling software or hardware, you’re selling eyeballs and personal data. You gotta get on this!”

    1. Andy is a thief. And his AnybotOS is a sham-scam bloated hack-in-crap. Android should be destroyed. The OS is fuelling profits for the Asian markets not for the American Markets. He laughed at Siri and then provided openness for development to copy yet again where Apple was going. Again he is a thief, a liar and a traitor. Step aside and be punished Andy and Larry.

      If Andy were a automotive designer he would not be allowed to design for another manufacture for 5 to 7 years after his leave (so should Apples contracts and employment agreements be set). And more specifically on projects directly related to that which he did in his previous job. That is not fair competition at all.

      If iOS and iPhone were a market anything like pharmaceuticals, there would be a protection on innovative drugs for 7 – 9 years. Again so the generic drugs then can come to market afterwards. iPhone had competition the second year.
      Android was the closest copy to iOS and Apple should NEVER had allowed them to ever come that close.

      Samsung is NOT innovating or designing.
      Eye tracking… what a bloody stupid idea… My eyes need to read words not have a device scroll for me. Total ridiculous.
      Siri is a much better innovation.. though Apple did not create the voice assistance it does partner with those who it is doing better development in directions Apple can’t.

  2. Look Larry Page is pretty cool. Patents and all the bad blood aside, it’s pretty cool what they have accomplished with Android. They definitely stepped on patents along the way, and it could be way better (from what I’ve seen), but where is the competition? (not counting Apple since they are kind of the holy grail)? … and screw Eric T Mole.

    1. “It’s pretty cool what they have accomplished with Android?” What they’ve accomplished with Android is provided a low-cost knockoff of iOS just like Microsoft did with Windows in knocking off OSX. To me, Google and Microsoft are no better than peddlers of counterfeit Rolexes.

    2. You may be right on some of this. Analysts right and left are proclaiming how Samsung and other Android phone makers are innovating. My question is: If they’re all innovating so much, why are so many data charts showing a lot of traffic from older iterations of Android (Gingerbutt, Honeybucket) and fewer from Ice Cum Sandwich. I haven’t read anything about data points from whatever the J version is (Jelly Booty maybe) or K. Yet bloggers are all in a frenzy about what they expect in IOS 7, and how they’ll pitch a hissy fit if certain predictions aren’t realized.

  3. I thought Google made money in adds not in Android devices that they give the OS away for free to. It is very common knowledge that Apple iOS devices out purchase Android devices in every market they both are in. So, what does this change for Google’s bottom line? Nothing. When Siri and other verbal systems dominate the searches, again, Google gets nothing.

  4. Google realises that Android is not the profit generating machine they originally thought it was going to be. Now that they have won the low end of the market, they have come to a sudden realisation that Android will never turn a profit if you combine the development cost of iterating the OS with the cost of acquiring Motorola, only to have it arrogated by competing hardware manufacturers like Samsung and a thousand Chinese knockoffs that don’t return Google a single cent in advertising as Google has either no presence in that country (China where Baidu, Tencen, etc dominate) or has minimal presence (Korea where Naver dominates).

    So Google is literally throwing millions of development costs into the toilet with little returns. As a matter of fact, Google obtains a higher payout from iOS in terms of revenue generation than it does from its own Android platform.

    The end result of all this is they will gradually back away from overspending on the Android platform and steer it into a web browser model which needs less development effort to maintain.

  5. “… innovation across the mobile industry…” “….Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of…” “….a beacon of innovation for the industry…” “….the potential to really improve your life…”

    I love understatement.

  6. Honor among thieves. Probably moving to Samedung or Microsoft.

    Still hoping ORCL winds appeal in which judge ruked that the APIs Rubin stole from Java for Android were not copyrightable. And also hoping Apple will untimately prevail agains Samedung. Those millions of SI and SIII would mean could mean a big albeit belated payday, far in excess of the original $1 Billions as collectively infringing sales proably have trippled since the last case was filed.

    1. Jesus I hope Oracle gets their a-holes handed to them a second time.

      An API is how software systems integrate and communicate. Would you want to pay a fee to use something like an HTTP request? That’s what companies like Oracle are hoping for if they win.

      Sun open sourced Java and Oracle tried to violate a software license with that lawsuit.

      I don’t think you understand the damage to the industry that would result if Oracle won.

      1. dont be a wiener…

        Oracle has every right to profit from what it bought from Sun.
        Like other technology JUST pay the royalty of usage through a licensing fee agreement – its totally fair.

        1. Sure they have a right to profit but that does not mean they can just randomly decide to change the license terms of their software and then start suing anyone they want for infringements of the license.

          They tried to change the meaning of licensing terms that have been long established and understood in the technology industry.

          What would you think if AT&T suddenly sued Apple because they decided they should profit off of OS X and started making the claim that Apple did not pay for a license to various Unix APIs ?

          Never mind they gave AT&T Unix to the University of Berkeley and Apple followed the licensing terms set forth in the BSD license, they should have to pay AT&T after the fact ?

          That is basically what Oracle tried to pull.

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