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Google’s Android head honcho Andy Rubin departs

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By John Glenday, Reporter

March 14, 2013 | 1 min read

Andy Rubin, the chief architect behind Google’s world dominating mobile operating system, has announced his intention to step down in advance of a merger between Google’s software divisions.

Rubins boots at the top of the Android team will be filled by Sundar Pichai, the executive currently overseeing the Chrome web browser and applications such as Google Drive and Gmail.

The move is seen as heralding a convergence of Google’s mobile and desktop software and marks the end of an era for Android, the software acquired by Google in 2005 which now features in three quarters of all smartphones.

In a blog post Larry page, Google’s co-founder, wrote: “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!”

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