Google’s top Android exec unexpectedly steps down

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Rubin’s job got even tougher last year after Google bought cellphone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion. That deal raised concerns among other smartphone makers that Motorola Mobility might get preferential treatment from Android. The tensions injected a new dynamic into Rubin’s duties as he sought to reassure device makers that Google intends to treat all its Android partners equally.

“I would imagine it was somewhat difficult for him to be focused on relationship management, given that he is really an entrepreneur at heart,” Olson said. “Rubin took what was essentially a non-existent business in Android and made it into this global powerhouse. At this point, a lot of fun has been probably been wrung out of it.”

Now that Android is firmly established, Milanesi predicted Google will focus on figuring out more ways to increase mobile advertising revenue.

Although he isn’t focused on advertising sales, Pichai’s success with the Chrome browser during the past four years has helped Google generate more revenue. That’s because Google gains more insights into people’s preferences as they use the Chrome browser to surf the Web. Google says more than 310 million people use Chrome.

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