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Sundar Pichai to spearhead Google's Android platform

Google Inc has appointed Sundar Pichai the chief of its Android division, replacing Andy Rubin as the overseer of a software platform that in just a few years has supplanted the platform of Apple Inc to become the world’s most-used mobile software.

“Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use—and he loves a big bet,” Chief Executive Officer Larry Page wrote in a Wednesday blogpost.

Mr Pichai, who Twitter sought to hire as its head of product development in 2011, developed Chrome and is also in charge of Google apps.

Last year, Google introduced a tablet device in a bid to take market share from Apple's iPad, and there is speculation that it could soon launch its own smartphone.

Rubin, who built Android into a software platform used by most of the world’s largest handset manufacturers from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to HTC Corp, will “start a new chapter at Google”, Page wrote without elaborating.

- Reuters

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