Andy Rubin has been instrumental in getting Android to where it is today and is leaving the Android team. In an official blog post from Google CEO Larry Page, Andy is handing over the position to Sundar Pichai to “start a new chapter at Google”. Sundar has worked on Chrome, Google Apps, and Android since 2004. From the blog post:
“Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use—and he loves a big bet. Take Chrome, for example. In 2008, people asked whether the world really needed another browser. Today Chrome has hundreds of millions of happy users and is growing fast thanks to its speed, simplicity and security. So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward.”
Larry also talked about the growth of Android with partnerships of over 60 manufacturers, 750 million devices activated globally, and 25 billion apps downloaded from Google Play.
Source: Official Google Blog
Infamous Tech Blogger Robert Scoble stirred up a frenzy this weekend when he posted a rumour on his Google+ account suggesting that Andy Rubin was all set to quit Google. Scoble claimed that Rubin was leaving to take charge of a startup company by the name of CloudCar. Just as quickly as the rumour started, Rubin took to his Twitter and Google+ accounts and promptly ended it. The message on Twitter was to the point however his Google+ account offered a bit more of an explanation as to where the rumour surfaced from. It turns out that CloudCar is run by some friends of Rubin who generously offered up some office space in his Los Altos startup incubator to help the team kick off.
With the eyes of the tech world firmly fixed on him, Rubin used the spotlight to drop in a few Android statistics. Official Google certified Android activations are up to over 900,00 per day. Android’s momentum shows absolutely no sign of slowing down and I would not be at all surprised if Google hit 1 million activations per day by the time Google I/O comes around.
Google’s chairman looks to be proclaiming Google’s humility by asserting Apple’s “competitive threat”. Apple Insider reports Eric Schmidt responded to questions from the senators after a hearing in September. Schmidt writes “even in the few weeks since the hearing, Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”. When addressing his previous statement in September 2010 where he denies Apple and Facebook were a “competitive threat”, Schmidt goes on to say “my statement was clearly wrong… Apple’s Siri is a significant development– a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search”. Read more
There’s been a lot of talk lately on voice commands since Apple introduced Siri a couple of weeks ago. Apple’s concept is to make Siri a personal assistant, but Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin said, “I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant. Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.”
He went on to say, “To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone,” but it has always been about talking to another person.
Finally he said, “This isn’t a new notion,” and “In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade.”
Are you feeling like you need a personal assistant on your phone? Of course, Google already has Voice Actions already built into Android, but if you feel slighted and want something similar, give Iris a try.
On Wednesday, Andy Rubin, our fearless leader of Android, said that Google’s Music Store will offer some kind of special “twist” that will differentiate it from other music store competitors. When speaking to Business Insider, an anonymous record industry insider said the “twist” is a new sharing feature that allows Google Music users to share songs with others “on a limited basis.” Apparently, the catch is that once users purchase a song and share it with friends, the friends will only have a limited time until the sharing will expire, teasing them just enough to make them want their very own copy. This record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available.
This type of service reminds some people of the free version of Spotify, a music service that also allows users to share music but with the occasional advertisement sprinkled within. Like Spotify, Google must be paying major record labels a large sum of up-front cash to get these kind of rights, smaller indie labels are reportedly not getting any extra funds.
The record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available, but won’t have on-demand caching like that of other paid subscription music services. It is still unclear as to when Google will launch this new service, but rumors suggest it should arrive sometime this quarter.
[via Business Insider]
Google’s mobile chief Andy Rubin took a pointed position at the All Thing D’s AsiaD conference when pressed on the issue of what some Android users would deem an insufficient amount of tablet-optimized apps.
“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet.” – Andy Rubin
The Android founder elaborated on his assertion while managing to touch a bit on the future direction of Ice Cream Sandwich, “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets,” he said. This direction would mean incorporating more single apps with the ability to scale to the different handset and tablet device screen sizes, thereby allowing a fluent switch from handset to tablet and back, as needed by the user throughout the day.
For my own consumption, I favor a focus on single scaling-capable apps and have found that most specimens I’ve tried provided mostly comfortable functionality and a solid, proportionate appearance. Though I must say, each app download is basically a crap shoot as it’s not until after you get hands on with it that you know for sure how well it truly holds up. Looking forward, if Google diligently beefs up the quality of these kinds of apps and provides these optimizations for a larger selection, I am definitely on board.
Before I report this news for you, I want to point out one of the patents in question here in case you’ve missed it. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 involves the following. When you receive an incoming message on your iPhone containing a phone number, web link, e-mail address, or street address, this information is highlighted and turned into a link that you can tap. This tap in turn performs an action like opening the web link in Safari or asking if you would like to dial the phone number. That’s weird because I would have thought tapping a phone number should open your music player. Surely, who ever implemented that process on Android must have stolen it from Apple. Just food for thought since this is one of many patents Apple says HTC is in violation of.
Newly introduced into Apple’s patent infringement case against HTC involves Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android Inc. Apple is alleging that Rubin took inspiration for Android’s framework from APIs he supposedly encountered while working for Apple in the early 90s. Hit up the break for more.
If you aren’t familiar with techfoolery.tv, then you’re missing out on something that a lot of you might be interested in. Our friend “Android Ashley” runs it with fellow tech-geek and Apple enthusiast (but nobody is perfect) Mike Hobbs, and they talk about all things tech. Currently, they’ve got a nice little competition going — a vote on which are the better tech representatives: Andy Rubin vs. Steve Jobs, and Stephen Colbert vs. Morgan Webb. Support your favorite lil green robot by dropping by their site and showing some love to Andy for being the Founding Father of Android, and for Morgan, who proclaims her love for Android loudly and at every opportunity. Make sure your vote gets counted, so head over to Techfoolery and vote! And if you don’t already, be sure and follow Ashley, Andy Rubin, and Morgan Webb on Twitter, because they’re all worthwhile Tweeters.
There has been a lot of comments and speculation over the last couple of weeks about Google becoming “closed” with regard to not releasing the source code for Honeycomb. Then is was reported that Google would be approving all manufacturer tweaks (skins) to the Android OS.
Today Andy Rubin, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, posted some comments on the Android Developer Blog to clear things up. Rubin said “We don’t believe in a one size fits all solution.” He goes on to say that quality and consistency continue to be top priorities.
Rubin stressed that device makers are free to modify Android. He does mention that basic compatibility requirements must be met if someone wishes to market a device that is Android compatible or if including Google applications on the device. Their anti-fragmentation program has been in place since Android 1.0 and will continue to be a priority.
Motorola Released a video today about their new Android Tablet we saw Andy Rubin with at the D: Dive Into Mobile Conference a couple of weeks ago. The video walks us through a museum of our history of tablets dating back centuries of great tablet ideas, which unfortunately missed the mark in some way. Included in this walk through memory lane is the iPad, referring to it as a “giant iPhone”. Then we see a bee fly across the screen landing on Motorola’s new red logo, then a reference to the CES 2011 show in January.
Hmm, a red Logo could mean its going to Verizon, and will announced at CES 2011…we’ll have to wait and see. Let us know, do you think this is the iPad killer?