Google heads in reshuffle

GOOGLE has appointed a new head of its Android mobile software division after the business’s founder Andy Rubin stepped down.

Rubin, who founded Android before it was bought by Google in 2005, will be replaced by Sundar Pichai, the company’s head of the Chrome browser and computer operating system. Rubin will move into an as-yet undisclosed position.

Rubin is credited with the success of Android, which Google chief executive Larry Page revealed yesterday has been activated on 750m devices since it was relaunched in 2007.

The move may signal more integration between Android and Google’s nascent Chrome operating system.