Sundar Pichai has given Wired his first interview ever after taking over Andy Rubin as head of Android. In the interview, Pichai - whose official title is Senior Vice President, Chrome and Apps - talks briefly about the future of Android and Chrome OS, Facebook Home, Kindle Fire, Samsung and Firefox OS.
Pichai says he only got involved in the transition process two weeks before Google made the official announcement that Rubin was stepping back. For people worried about the future of Android and Chrome OS, he says that the two OSes will remain separate in the short term, but hinted that "the picture may look different from a year or two from now" and that "maybe there's a more synergistic answer down the line."
Pichai commented positively on Facebook Home, saying that "it's exciting that Facebook thought of Android first" and "Android was intended to be very customizable. And we welcome innovations." He rebuffs rumors of the tension between Google and Samsung, saying "I realize this gets played up in the press a lot. Samsung is a great partner to work with" and "Samsung plays a critical role in helping Android be successful."
Sundar Pichai joined Google in 2004, the same year that Andy Rubin and Android joined Google via acquisition. Pichai was responsible for some key initiatives at Google, including the Google Toolbar, which pre-dated the Chrome browser. He led the development on Chrome and Chrome OS, as well as Google Docs/Drive.
Read the full interview over at Wired.