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8/11/2015
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Eric Zeman
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Why Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is Good For Android

With Sundar Pichai as the new CEO of Google, the company is going to focus on its most important product: Android.

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Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page dropped a bomb late Monday with their announcement of Alphabet, a new umbrella company to oversee the organization's many different business units. Google remains Alphabet's biggest individual business, and Page appointed rising star Sundar Pichai to run it.

This is good news for Android and other important Google products.

Pichai has been with Google since 2004.

Since then, he has contributed to several important Google products over the years, such as Chrome, which debuted in 2008, in addition to Google Gears, Google Toolbar, Gadgets, and of course Search. In 2013, he was named Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome, and Apps, heading Google's key consumer products. He was eventually promoted to senior vice president of all products, which includes Android and Chrome and various other Google businesses.

Pichai has become a familiar face at Google's events, and is often the one on stage introducing new stuff. He's considered an empathetic and caring person, and has helped resolve internal managerial and political issues. He's also an effective and reliable manager, delivering products on time.

(New Google CEO Sundar Pichai)

(New Google CEO Sundar Pichai)

Pichai is intimately familiar with Google's core products, is well respected in and outside the company, and was a natural choice to lead the Google business unit under the Alphabet umbrella.

Larry Page, now CEO of Alphabet, has the utmost confidence in Pichai.

"Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together," Page wrote in the Aug. 10 blog post announcing Alphabet. "He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations."

Pichai will be focused on innovation, making new products, and stretching boundaries, according to Page.

Google's core will include search, apps, ads, maps, YouTube, and Android.

It's the latter that may benefit most from Pichai's guiding hand. He's already helped develop significant changes in Google's smartphone platform, moving it from the wobbly Android 2.3 to the more stable and usable Android 4.0. Google is close to launching Android 6.0, codenamed "M" at the moment. Pichai played a pivotal role in bringing it to fruition. Android has matured significantly in the last few years.

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Pichai has been in charge of all the company's consumer-facing products for some time now.

His role with Android and Chrome gives him unique visibility into how all Google's services can and might work together. Page and Brin are clearly pleased to have Pichai running Google so they can focus on moonshot products. It will be exciting to watch Pichai's role continue to shape the search giant, video host, and mobile app maker that Google has become.

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danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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8/12/2015 | 1:20:04 PM
Re: why its good
I applaud this decision, it's going to help Google perform better with emerging technologies. 

I remember when Pichai was courted by Twitter, but Google swooped in with a really good deal. Now, with turmoil at Twitter, it seems Pichai made the right decision to stay at Google. 
sinobaler
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sinobaler,
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8/12/2015 | 5:20:50 AM
Re: why its good
Thank you for sharing, It proves Indian leaders have good souls.
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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8/11/2015 | 11:43:20 PM
Re: why its good
"It's good to see that a lot of tech companies including Microsoft and now also Google  have appointed CEOs who carry Indian roots. Indian white collar professionals have come a long way. India and Indians have clearly demonstrated that technology field is more open for talent and has fewer glass ceilings that other industries"

Nasimson, so Indians have gone up to a level to lead technology rather than user level!!. Yesterday in all leading newspaper its clearly pointing that Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Oracle, Nokia etc are leading with Indian technocrats.
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CharlesB21101,
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8/11/2015 | 9:23:09 PM
Android needs to mature as a software system
Android needs a maturing influence behind it -- it needs to become mature and standardized software. If Pichal can manage that, then more power to him.  
nasimson
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nasimson,
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8/11/2015 | 2:00:20 PM
why its good
It's good to see that a lot of tech companies including Microsoft and now also Google  have appointed CEOs who carry Indian roots. Indian white collar professionals have come a long way. India and Indians have clearly demonstrated that technology field is more open for talent and has fewer glass ceilings that other industries
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