Prior head of Android Andy Rubin was stubborn, says Samsung exec

by: Brendan LynchMarch 26, 2013


While Samsung and Google obviously have a professional relationship, there is always some tension that can occur when two companies work together as often as they do. As most of you know, Google recently did some re-organisation of its executives by moving Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President in charge of Android, to a new position. He was then replaced by Sundar Pichai, who is now the Senior Vice President in charge of Android, Chrome and Google Apps.

Last Thursday, Business Insider held their IGNITION Mobile conference in San Francisco, CA. On stage, Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Lessin interviewed Samsung chief product officer Kevin Packingham and got some insight into what he thinks about the partnership with Google and the recent changes in job positions.

“The Google relationship has gotten stronger over the last two years,” said Packingham. He then went on to talk about how difficult it was compromising with Rubin. He said that once Rubin made a decision, “You weren’t going to get him to deviate from that position.”

That being said, Packingham believes that Pichai will make a fine replacement. “Sundar’s a super-nice person, he’s very collaborative,” he added. It appears Samsung is pretty happy with Google’s latest moves and it’s likely looking forward to the changes that will follow.

  • Phildazz

    How about developing Google’s YouTube for TV?

  • Dave Weinstein

    You know, I think what’s said here is quite interesting. Samsung is simultaneously complaining about Rubin, saying that he wouldn’t “compromise” Google’s interests, while they are also saying that the relationship prospered.

    To me, that sounds like Andy did his job VERY well. If Samsung has gotten it’s way, who knows how bad TouchWiz would be, an how badly all of us (Sasmung and non-Sasmung users) would be saddled with it. As it is now, I can’t imagine a thing that Samsung would ask Rubin to compromise that wouldn’t be specifically to give Samsung an unfair business advantage and subsequently damage Android’s openness.