March 2013: Google reorgs Android, Chrome, and Apps together.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Android
Huge move by Google to unite Android and Chrome:
Google has just announced that Andy Rubin will be moving on to a new role at the company, and that Sundar Pichai will now lead the Android division, in an official blog post written by CEO Larry Page. Pichai will take on leading Android in addition to his existing duties spearheading efforts with Chrome and Apps, which indicates a move to unify all these platforms.
In his blog post, Page said that Rubin “has decided” to move on to other projects (still within the company). There’s no additional detail on what Rubin’s new focus may be, but Page calls for “more moonshots,” so it’s possible he’s moving into a more experimental role.
As for Pichai, he adds the new duties to his role as VP of Chrome, which is an interesting move in light of recent developments tying Chrome and Chrome OS closer to Google’s mobile platform. Changes to the Chromium developer builds which later led to stable versions of Chrome have included suggestions that Google Now will make its way to the desktop, for instance.
Feels like an important move by Google. And a good move by Google.