Google’s New Android Chief Sundar Pichai Speaks Out Before Google I/O


We’re set to see a lot more of Sundar Pichai in his new role as the head of Android later this week at Google’s I/O keynote. Before that, Pichai spoke to Wired and talked a little about what we will see later this week, the future of Android, slow Android updates and how Android and Chrome can live together.

On Samsung being so dominant:

I realize this gets played up in the press a lot. Samsung is a great partner to work with. We work with them on pretty much almost all our important products. Here’s my Samsung Galaxy S4. [Pichai holds up the phone.]

On slow Android updates:

We are thinking about how to make Android handle updates better. We see ways we can do this. It’s early days. We’re talking with our partners and working our way through it. We need time to figure out the mechanics, but it’s definitely an area of focus for me and for the team.

On what to expect at Google I/O this week:

It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system. Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms.

On the future of Android:

“We want to be a very, very open platform, but we want a way by which end users are getting a good experience overall… Users get to decide what apps and what choices they want. Some users really want [Facebook Home]. We don’t want to get in the way of that. [But] in the end, we have to provide a consistent experience. As part of that, with every release of Android, we do go through changes. So we may make changes over time.”

On Google-branded hardware:

You will see a continuation of what we have tried to do with Nexus and Chromebooks. Any hardware projects we do will be to push the ecosystem forward.

On Android selling more than Apple, but Apple making more money:

We’re very comfortable with our business model. All our core services–Search YouTube, Maps, etc.– are used on phones, and Android helps people to use those services. So fundamentally there’s a business model there. And services, like Google Play, are obviously a source of revenue. We saw payouts to developers on Play quadruple in 2012. I think we are barely beginning to get started. We’re in the early beginnings of a sea change in computing. Think about education and enterprise — incredible opportunities. We’re much more focused now on the consumer end of the experience, but we think the right things will happen from a business sense.

The full interview is over at Wired and if you have some time, I highly encourage the read and getting into the mindset of the man who will lead the Android charge into the future.


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  • So basically he is saying it will boring this time, lol.

    • JB

      Unless it’s all smoke and mirrors and then he wows us with one extremely awesome device (or two)

      • I’ve only heard of the white nexus 4 with LTE, and a nexus 7 with better processor. But who knows…

        • JB

          I’m just trying to keep hope alive. Lol

        • lol, yeah you are right…keep it alive.

  • jelliottz

    All I want is a nice .1 update so my Nexus 4 feels a little bit better about itself. Is that too much?

    • Thomas Vu

      You’re running 4.2.1?

      • jelliottz

        I guess I should have been more specific. I’m on 4.2.2, but I was using a .1 bump to refer to 4.3.

        • Timbo1

          There will be updates. Its a Nexus device. Ya this isn’t Gingerbread where there was like 10 updates but this is a good thing it means Jelly Bean is much more stable and secure. I believe most of those rather minor updates on Gingerbread were for security and such not too much in added features.

        • truckeemike

          I was happy to get 4.1.2 on my T989 GS II! But saddened that my phone is a snail, and I won’t even start lost batty life. I thought that 4.12 improved battery life….oops I started….

  • steveb944

    Man I REALLY hope for a new Nexus, even if it’s just an LTE update. I’m ready to throw money at them and pass my Nexus 4 to a family member

  • CPPCrispy

    I think that they will show updated devices not new ones. So that means a Nexus 4G not a Nexus 5.