Google’s head of Android steps down

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Andy Rubin will be replaced by senior vice-president of Chrome and applications Sundar Pichai, as Google begins a “new chapter”

Google has announced its head of Android, Andy Rubin, is stepping down.

Rubin, whose departure has been rumoured for weeks, will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, who is currently senior vice-president of Chrome and applications. Pichai will also continue in his current duties.

Google’s blog post implies Rubin left of his own accord. In making the announcement, Google’s CEO Larry Page also said the departure signals the start of a “new chapter” at the search engine.

Rubin joined Google in 2005 as senior vice president, two years after he cofounded Android.

He started his career as an engineer at Apple, before which he founded hardware design company Danger.

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