Google's Android boss steps down

Andy Rubin, left, seen at a smartphone launch in 2011. Credit: Reuters

Andy Rubin, chief executive of Google's Android, the world's top-selling mobile operating system, has decided to step down as Google combines mobile software divisions under one roof, the company said.

Google appointed Sundar Pichai, the executive overseeing its Chrome web browser and applications like Google Drive and Gmail, to take over Rubin's responsibilities, hinting at how the company with the dominant Internet search engine intends to address the rise of mobile devices.

In a blog post, Larry Page, Google's chief executive and co-founder, credited Rubin for evangelizing Android several years ago and building it into a free, open-source platform that runs on nearly three-quarters of the world's smartphones.