Google’s own Sundar Pichai, the company’s senior vice president for Android, Chrome and Google Apps, took the stage at D11 earlier today. With his responsibilities spread across so many branches of the company he may just be one of the best-equipped people to explain how Google’s grand-fractured scheme comes together.
Reiterating some of the news we learned at Google’s annual I/O developer’s conference, Pichai covered everything from the state of Android to the company’s new music streaming service to his thoughts on the recently-announced pure Android versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
The recent news of these “Nexus experience” versions of top-tier smartphones has some of us wondering if Google’s grand Android experiment may have failed. Samsung and HTC both piled their own additional software on top of the original OS, adding extra features, but causing endless delays for official Android updates. Now both companies are giving in to popular demand and offering up their own hardware with nothing but the latest bare-bones Android running on it.
When asked his opinion, Pichai was quick to downplay the importance of Android software in Google’s larger ecosystem.
“It’s not just the operating system, but it’s the services on top of it, the cloud services,” he said. “That’s where the innovation lies.” You can watch his entire interview in the clip we’ve embedded above.