In a rather interesting overview of the higher-ups at Google in the wake of a strategic re-alignment of the tech-conglomerates big brass (an extremely interesting read you can find over at Business Week), Andy Rubin, head of the Android Team, states his lack of anxiety about the impending release of the iPhone on Verizon, a carrier instrumental in creating much of Android’s success. Google along with Motorola teamed with Verizon for the launch of the Motorola Droid, the first Android handset to experience a cultural impact that could begin to rival the iPhone’s following.
Many have speculated the iPhone will detract from Android’s sales on Verizon, but Rubin states, “I don’t think any specific carrier in any one region is a big game changer for us.” Instead he points to success globally in places like Japan where Android is starting to drum up some serious interest.
The same article also reveals that Google Music, a service that Rubin is also heading up, could again be close to a launch. In fact, it could be here as soon as next month. Sources close to the project insist that deals have yet to be inked with any major record labels, seriously drawing into question if a launch within the next few weeks would be possible.
The full article is definitely worth a read if you want to hear more about how Google is attempting to unify its various projects into a singularly focused entity under a restructured leadership that features Larry Page as CEO and Eric Schmidt as Executive Chairman.