Android, Google's mobile operating system, has a new master. Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android, Inc. and subsequently oversaw the startup after Google acquired it in 2005, is relinquishing his role as senior VP of mobile and digital content at Google.
In a post on Google's official blog, CEO Larry Page announced that Rubin is stepping aside. "Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android -- and with a really strong leadership team in place -- Andy's decided it's time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google."
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.