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Android chief stepping down at Google

Published on Mar 14, 2013 6:17 AM
 
Andy Rubin, the brains behind the Google Android operating system which has become the dominant mobile platform, is stepping down as head of that division, the company said on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Andy Rubin, the brains behind the Google Android operating system which has become the dominant mobile platform, is stepping down as head of that division, the company said on Wednesday.

Google chief Larry Page announced that Sundar Pichai, the head of its Chrome laptop unit, will take over the team in charge of Android software for smartphones and tablet computers.

"Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google," Mr Page said, not specifying what Mr Rubin's new post is.

Under Mr Rubin, Android became the leading platform worldwide for smartphones, accounting for some three-fourths of the market, and has become a major force in tablet computers as well.

 
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