Sundar Pichai, the new Android chief of Google has spoken his mind. The youthful CEO says that openness has to be properly balanced with stability. Only by striking a delicate balance between the opposing forces can progress become a reality.
Google has a new kid on the block. And it is none other than a youth brimming with energy. His name is Sundar Pichai and he plans to take a middle course between two extremes. The fact is that Pichai is not an extremist. In fact, he is not only cool-minded but very rational and normal as well. In an interview given to Wired, the young man spoke of how taking control of both Android and Chrome was a challenge of sorts.
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Pichai takes over from Andy Rubin who left a while back. Sundar Pichai has not changed his stance. He is a master of his field. He has his “Yes” and he has his “No”. And of course most importantly he also has his “Maybe”. Therefore you see before you a man for all seasons. His philosophy of life is a series of relaxed responses to life’s inevitable challenges.
While Pichai is all for an open stance that welcomes change, he has his safety net without which he is unwilling to fly. He has taken up the gauntlet so to say. The open nature of Android in his own words also limits the level of provisions Google can make for the Operating System. This is a limiting factor that will have to be kept in view. The crux of the matter is how to keep it open yet make the end-user’s experience worthwhile too. There are difficulties which will have to be faced. Pichai gave an example by pointing out the social network called Facebook which had quite an interesting, informative and intelligently designed Home page. However, he also said that in his personal opinion it was not just all about people.
Pichai always prefers a balance and sense of proportion in things. He does not like utter simplicity but neither does he want to take the side of blind chaos. While the platform will be very open yet there is always room for improvements in rationalization and stabilization.
While Google has always kept its options open especially as regards the Android, the fact of the matter is that things are flying off at tangents and this has to stop. Sundar Pichai has been the first head honcho at Google to have spelled out the situation in a no-nonsense and straightforward manner. He obviously wants what is best for the company. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors to brighten the image of Google and along with it the Android platform it has started.
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