So Android just lost its head, but Google might have just created a two-headed monster with its mobile and desktop platforms. Google CEO Larry Page announced that the senior vice president for mobile and digital content Andy Rubin, the man behind the tech giant's still huge mobile operating system, is stepping down from his position and passing it off to Sundar Pichai, the guy who runs Google's other OS. Rubin intends to "start a new chapter at Google," Page writes in a company blog post, and it seems like his old job is being fazed out completely, as Pichai's new title will be Senior Vice President of Chrome, Google Apps and Android. So, the same as before, basically, plus Android.
It's unclear what, exactly, led to the transition. It's not like Rubin was doing a horrible job or anything. Android is the second most used mobile operating system right now. Page touted Rubin's work cultivating huge numbers for the company — "over 60 manufacturers; more than 750 million devices have been activated globally; and 25 billion apps have now been downloaded" — so we doubt the split was anything besides amicable. (Although he probably saw it coming: Rubin cancelled a SXSW appearance on Sunday.)