Mar 13, 2013

What does it mean for Google that the head of Chrome OS is taking over Android?

So Andy Rubin is out as head of Android and Sundar Pichai, who was in charge of Chrome OS, is in. Does this suggest a tighter integration of Chrome OS and Android is in the works, or is it "just" a management shuffle?

Tighter integration, as the others have pointed out. But we'll have to wait a while to see the exact results of this. It does appear to make sense, however. So stay tuned!
Most likely it will mean a tighter integration, and perhaps in time total integration, of the Android OS and Chrome OS. Which makes sense - why develop and support two different OSes? Especially since Chrome OS will support touchscreen displays soon (or is that already implemented?), and tablet/smartphone hardware continues to improve, there seems little compelling reason. That's just my guess, obviously, but it seems logical.


It would be hard not to assume it suggests a tighter integration of Android and the Chrome OS down the road. This hardly could have been a random or casual decision, or an arbitrary management shuffle. And Google CEO Larry Page's explanation ("Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google") is just nonsense. Also, if Rubin truly is "an entrepreneur at heart," as he claimed today, he'd go out and form another start-up, not simply work on a new project for a giant company like Google.



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