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March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a surprise shake-up, Google has put Sundar Pichai in charge of its Android division, replacing Andy Rubin, who guided the mobile software to become the world's most popular over Apple. "Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use -- and he loves a big bet," Chief Executive Officer Larry Page wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
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February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A top Google executive has denied reports that said the Silicon Valley tech giant made a $10-billion bid to purchase WhatsApp, the messaging service that was recently acquired by Facebook. Last week, Facebook announced that it had agreed to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, an app with 450 million users. Soon after, reports surfaced that said Google had also made an offer to buy the popular startup. Citing two unnamed sources, Fortune said Google bid $10 billion. That report was backed up by The Information, which said Google offered WhatsApp millions of dollars just to be notified if any other companies also tried to bid for the app. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor At the time of the reports, Google declined to comment, but at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the head of the company's Chrome and Android divisions denied the WhatsApp reports.
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March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The joke quickly made the rounds of Twitter: Top Google Inc. executive Sundar Pichai had been elected pope - - of Android. There were no puffs of white smoke as there were for Pope Francis, just a blog post Wednesday from Google co-founder and Chief Executive Larry Page announcing a major changing of the guard at the Internet giant.  Pichai had been tapped to run the world's most popular mobile operating system. He is taking over from Andy Rubin, who has stepped down as head of Android . Pichai's new job -- making sure nothing slows Android's momentum -- has thrust him into the spotlight.
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January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, but the Silicon Valley company will be keeping the Motorola team responsible for several futuristic projects. Following the official announcement of the Motorola acquisition, Lenovo confirmed that Google will retain Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, according to The Verge . That team of nearly 100 is responsible for Project Ara , a build-your-own-phone concept announced by Motorola last year. Besides Project Ara, the team is also behind several other outside-the-box ideas, such as security tattoos and biotech sensors.
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March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's senior ranks continue to shuffle with Jeff Huber stepping down as head of mapping and commerce. Huber will move to Google X, the lab run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that is working on experimental projects such as the wearable computer Google Glass and self-driving cars, a person familiar with the situation said. The move was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. With Huber's departure, the mapping division will join the Google search team led by Alan Eustace and the commerce division will move under the advertising group led by Susan Wojcicki.
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January 30, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, but the Silicon Valley company will be keeping the Motorola team responsible for several futuristic projects. Following the official announcement of the Motorola acquisition, Lenovo confirmed that Google will retain Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group, according to The Verge . That team of nearly 100 is responsible for Project Ara , a build-your-own-phone concept announced by Motorola last year. Besides Project Ara, the team is also behind several other outside-the-box ideas, such as security tattoos and biotech sensors.
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July 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has sent out an invitation to a July 24 news announcement event in which the head of its Android and Chrome units is scheduled to speak. The event, at DogPatch Studios in San Francisco, will feature Sundar Pichai, who earlier this year was tapped to oversee the development of the Android operating system in addition to running the unit that works on the Google's Chrome Web browser. Google will kick off the event at 9 a.m. and live stream it on YouTube. PHOTOS: Killed Google products It's unclear what exactly Google plans to announce ( the invitation is one of the least revealing tech invites of the last few years)
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July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is hosting a big press event at 9 a.m. PDT in San Francisco, and you can watch it live right from your computer, tablet or smartphone. The Mountain View, Calif., company will be streaming its event through YouTube. Google's Sundar Pichai, the head of the company's Chrome and Android teams, will be the key speaker. Thanks to Best Buy, we already know Google will announce a new Nexus 7 tablet and the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, 4.3 Jelly Bean. The second-generation Nexus 7 tablet has a new, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, and its 7-inch display now has a higher resolution than the original Nexus 7 tablet that came out last year, according to Best Buy's website.
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February 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A top Google executive has denied reports that said the Silicon Valley tech giant made a $10-billion bid to purchase WhatsApp, the messaging service that was recently acquired by Facebook. Last week, Facebook announced that it had agreed to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, an app with 450 million users. Soon after, reports surfaced that said Google had also made an offer to buy the popular startup. Citing two unnamed sources, Fortune said Google bid $10 billion. That report was backed up by The Information, which said Google offered WhatsApp millions of dollars just to be notified if any other companies also tried to bid for the app. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor At the time of the reports, Google declined to comment, but at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, the head of the company's Chrome and Android divisions denied the WhatsApp reports.
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February 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Two of  Google's  most successful products, Android and Chrome, have come together. On Tuesday, Google released a Chrome Web browser app for its Android Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system. The new Chrome app serves as an alternative to Android's Web browser named, uninspiringly, Browser, and brings to phones and tablets many features from the desktop version of Chrome. As users can do in the Android Browser app, Chrome users can use the "omnibox," where a website's URL appears as a Google search box too. Chrome offers tabbed browsing as well, and a private "Incognito" mode is built-in for when a user may want to surf the Web without leaving a trail behind.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is rolling out KitKat, the latest version of its popular software for smartphones and tablets with an ambitious goal: to get Android devices all over the world to run the latest version of the software. During a news conference in San Francisco, Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and apps, said Google created KitKat to reach the next billion smartphone users by making the new software work well on low-end phones in addition to the pricier Samsung Galaxy and HTC devices.
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July 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is hosting a big press event at 9 a.m. PDT in San Francisco, and you can watch it live right from your computer, tablet or smartphone. The Mountain View, Calif., company will be streaming its event through YouTube. Google's Sundar Pichai, the head of the company's Chrome and Android teams, will be the key speaker. Thanks to Best Buy, we already know Google will announce a new Nexus 7 tablet and the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, 4.3 Jelly Bean. The second-generation Nexus 7 tablet has a new, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, and its 7-inch display now has a higher resolution than the original Nexus 7 tablet that came out last year, according to Best Buy's website.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
With Microsoft Corp.'s reorganization last week, a curious thing has now happened at the three companies that are the biggest players in the world of operating systems.  In the last year, Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft have all moved to put one person in charge of both their mobile and desktop operating systems. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on   Coincidence? Perhaps. But Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners, who mentioned the trend in a recent conversation, says the shift seems to be pointing each company toward convergence some time, even if that point remains far down the road.
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July 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has sent out an invitation to a July 24 news announcement event in which the head of its Android and Chrome units is scheduled to speak. The event, at DogPatch Studios in San Francisco, will feature Sundar Pichai, who earlier this year was tapped to oversee the development of the Android operating system in addition to running the unit that works on the Google's Chrome Web browser. Google will kick off the event at 9 a.m. and live stream it on YouTube. PHOTOS: Killed Google products It's unclear what exactly Google plans to announce ( the invitation is one of the least revealing tech invites of the last few years)
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is back on top of the tech world. Can it stay there? For years, the technology giant grumbled while playing second fiddle to Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. But with both rivals now on the outs with investors, Google is ascending once again. On the eve of its second-quarter earnings report, Google shares briefly hit a record high of $928.86 on Tuesday. Now there's speculation that a rosy earnings report Wednesday could push them toward $1,000. So far this year, the stock has gained 30%. Fueling that heady rise: Google continues to make money hand over fist from search and online advertising.
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March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's senior ranks continue to shuffle with Jeff Huber stepping down as head of mapping and commerce. Huber will move to Google X, the lab run by Google co-founder Sergey Brin that is working on experimental projects such as the wearable computer Google Glass and self-driving cars, a person familiar with the situation said. The move was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. With Huber's departure, the mapping division will join the Google search team led by Alan Eustace and the commerce division will move under the advertising group led by Susan Wojcicki.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
With Microsoft Corp.'s reorganization last week, a curious thing has now happened at the three companies that are the biggest players in the world of operating systems.  In the last year, Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft have all moved to put one person in charge of both their mobile and desktop operating systems. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on   Coincidence? Perhaps. But Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners, who mentioned the trend in a recent conversation, says the shift seems to be pointing each company toward convergence some time, even if that point remains far down the road.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is back on top of the tech world. Can it stay there? For years, the technology giant grumbled while playing second fiddle to Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. But with both rivals now on the outs with investors, Google is ascending once again. On the eve of its second-quarter earnings report, Google shares briefly hit a record high of $928.86 on Tuesday. Now there's speculation that a rosy earnings report Wednesday could push them toward $1,000. So far this year, the stock has gained 30%. Fueling that heady rise: Google continues to make money hand over fist from search and online advertising.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a surprise shake-up, Google has put Sundar Pichai in charge of its Android division, replacing Andy Rubin, who guided the mobile software to become the world's most popular over Apple. "Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps. Sundar has a talent for creating products that are technically excellent yet easy to use -- and he loves a big bet," Chief Executive Officer Larry Page wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The joke quickly made the rounds of Twitter: Top Google Inc. executive Sundar Pichai had been elected pope - - of Android. There were no puffs of white smoke as there were for Pope Francis, just a blog post Wednesday from Google co-founder and Chief Executive Larry Page announcing a major changing of the guard at the Internet giant.  Pichai had been tapped to run the world's most popular mobile operating system. He is taking over from Andy Rubin, who has stepped down as head of Android . Pichai's new job -- making sure nothing slows Android's momentum -- has thrust him into the spotlight.
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