Since Andy Rubin announced in March that left Google and all their responsibilities at the head of the division of Android, Sundar Pichai -that already leading the team of Chrome and Google Apps – took the reins of the most widespread mobile operating system worldwide.
Pichai, an engineer for 40 years that it has become one of the protagonists of the world of technology, had not granted interviews since that change in the Google hierarchy, but the imminent celebration of Google I/O in Wired has served to convince him of give an interview to Wired with many interesting comments on the present and future of Android.
It seems that Android and Chrome OS will continue to separately
Despite the rumors and evidence that seemed to point to a possible merger of both projects (there were in favour, but also against that possibility), Pichai seems convinced that both have sense:
Both Android and Chrome, are large open platforms that grow very fast. I think they will develop a role, they will not merely exist. I see this as part of an interesting innovation and capacity of choice both for users and for developers.
Pichai noted that although the developers would want to program their applications once, also benefit from choice and options. “We support both, and we will continue to invest in both.”.
However, Pichai does not seem to close the door on that possibility. “Long-term, own computer will dictate the changes. We are living in a […] turning point The picture might be very different in a year or two, but in the short term, we have Android and have Chrome, and are not going to change the way”.
Android for developing countries
Another interesting comment was directed at the future of Android in countries in development. “The head of this platafomra cited the book of Eric Schmidt in which the ex-CEO of Google spoke of”the next 5,000 million”, referring to the enormous amount of people who have not yet had access to the Internet.
This option appears to be that It could be one of the greatest challenges for Android, and as said Pichai:
One of the great things of an open as Android system is that it allows to reach all corners of the spectrum. Get fantastic computing device at a low cost and a massive scale for the developing world is particularly significant for my.
On Facebook Home, Amazon, Samsung & Motorola
There was also time to discuss some of the burning issues of the moment, for example opinion Pichai had on Facebook Home, that was an interesting option although it did not share the way in which the company had conceived user experience: “for Mark Zuckerberg, people are at the center of everything. I think in a slightly different way. “I think that life has many faces: people are a big part of it, but not the Centre and the only reason everything”.
Pichai did not seem upset by this ambition of Facebook to create Facebook Home as an experience that almost hides the Android experience, as neither seemed especially upset by Amazon by its fork of the operating system.
In Google we would like everyone to work in a unique version of Android, because we believe that that would benefit over all. But it is not the kind of path we want to prohibit. Our care center is not Facebook Home or Kindle Fire. Computing is undergoing a single explosive moment. Our opportunity is the ensure that Android works well for the people and solves them major problems.
As for Samsung and the clear role of the South Korean company, Pichai returned to confirm previous reviews of Google: “Samsung is a great partner to work”, and again in conciliatory He compared this relationship with Microsoft and Intel they have had all these years: “were very codependent from the other, but that relationship was very beneficial for both”.
Here also was a brief but interesting comment on Motorola. Commenting on how the acquisition of Motorola Mobility had not changed anything in Google or demonstrated potential favoritism, Pichai said that “for the purpose of the Android ecosystem, Motorola is just one partner”.
Apple, Firefox OS, fragmentation and what we see at Google I/O
The last part of the interview was to comment on the situation with regard to Apple and its good performance in terms of revenue from applications, something so Pichai does not seem at all concerned. “We have seen how the developers have” quadrupled revenues in Play in 2012. I think we’re just seeing the beginning of all of this”.
There was also a site for a brief comment on Firefox OS, He said that “the web is an important platform, and I do not think that that will never change. It is another reason why if we had not done Chrome OS, others had done so”.
The fragmentation It was perhaps the question with the more ambiguous and less convincing of all the interview answer. This major problem of Android, which affects the vast majority of users, It doesn’t seem to have a solution in the short term:
We are thinking about how to make Android better manage updates. We look at ways to make it. It is still early. We are talking to our partners and working on it. We need time to solve the mechanics, but it is certainly an area in which we focus both myself and the team.
“To the inevitable question about Google I/O and what awaits us at these conferences this year, Pichai made clear that on this occasion the event”It will be different. It is not a moment in which we have prepared large releases or a new operating system”. Pichai seems so discard the presentation of new smartphones or tablets, and seemed to make it clear that they will mostly focus on demonstrating the possibilities of both Android and Chrome OS Google services.