Google's Eric Schmidt talked about keeping the search giant's two popular OSes separate from each other.
When Google announced that Android boss Andy Rubin was stepping aside and handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, it was only natural to wonder if, going forward, Android and Chrome would end up merging. Maybe someday they will, but for the time being, Google is adamant that both with remain independent operating systems serving two different markets.
What will become of Android following a surprise management change?
Andy Rubin, one of the founding fathers of Android, approached Google about the open source mobile operating system back in 2004. Now he's stepping aside as head of the OS he helped to create, handing the reins over to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Chrome and Apps, Google CEO Larry Page announced in a blog post today. Rubin is off to start a new chapter at Google, while Pichai will likely focus on making Android easier to use.
Google's Andy Rubin Tweeted today that the company is seeing over 300,000 phone activations each day. This figure is higher than Apple and RIM both. It is even in the ballpark of the highest numbers Nokia have ever announced for the Symbian platform. Let's also remember that all these Android phones are certifiable smartphones. Some Symbian handsets are inexpensive commodity devices.
To put this another way, Google is seeing nearly 10 million new Android activations per month. Apple is currently riding high on 14.4 million new iPhone activations in an entire quarter. It was only a few months ago that Google told us they were seeing about 200k activations per day. A 50% rise in that time is astounding. At this rate, Android may soon own the lion's share of the mobile OS market.