Tamilan Sundar Pichai the new Android chief for Google
Google has announced that Andy Rubin will moving to a new role at the company, Sundar Pichai will lead the Android, in an official blog post written by CEO Larry Page. Pichai will take on leading Android in addition to his existing jobs 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.
Sundar Pichai is on everyone’s lips now, but the name Sundar Pichai doesn’t ring a bell with many of the professors at IIT Kharagpur where he studied.
That is because, he wasn’t born ‘Sundar Pichai’. They know him as P Sundarajan, an unassuming student from Chennai a “Tamil Guy” who joined the metallurgical department at IIT Kharagpur in 1989.
The professors feel proud that the boy from Nehru Hall, Pichai’s hostel in IIT Kharagpur, has come such a long way and today heads some of Google’s biggest products, including Chrome and Android.