In breaking news, Eric Schmidt has announced he is stepping down as the CEO of Google, leaving Larry Page in charge of the massive company. Eric Schmidt will stay with Google, but, as of April 4th, Larry Page will take over the day-to-day operations. Schmidt’s new role in Google will be Executive Chairman, where he will focus on things like tech partnerships and tech thought leadership.
In a prepared statement by Page, he said:
Eric has clearly done an outstanding job leading Google for the last decade. The results speak for themselves. There is no other CEO in the world that could have kept such headstrong founders so deeply involved and still run the business so brilliantly. Eric is a tremendous leader and I have learned innumerable lessons from him. His advice and efforts will be invaluable to me as I start in this new role. Google still has such incredible opportunity — we are only at the beginning and I can’t wait to get started.
As far as what this move will mean for the Android side of things, we can’t be completely certain. What we do know is that it’s been thought for some time that Page has always been a bigger supporter and proponent of Android from the beginning.
There have, in the past, been rumors of conflicts between Page and Schmidt, but those rumors have usually pertained mainly to the Chrome side of Google’s development.