Dave Burke, Android Engineering VP, relinquishes position to pursue “AI/bio” roles within the company

Long-time Android Engineering VP Dave Burke said today that he is stepping down from the role. Burke, who spent 14 years building Android, is not leaving Alphabet and is exploring “AI/bio” projects within the company. Burke was involved in pivotal projects, including building Nexus/Pixel phones, developing Chrome for mobile phones, starting Android TV, and spearheading efforts to build and ship developer tools. “So… after 14 yrs leading Android engineering, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. So… after 14 yrs leading Android engineering, I've decided it's time for a change.

Long-time Android Engineering VP Dave Burke announced today that he will be stepping down from his role within the company. After 14 years of building Android, Burke will remain with Alphabet and will be pursuing “AI/bio” projects within the company.

“So… after 14 years leading Android engineering, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. An awe-inspiring ride helping build the biggest OS on the planet (+ many Nexus/Pixel). I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. Continuing as an advisor while figuring out what’s next in AI/bio,” Burke said in a post on X.

“Burke’s move comes as Google has been reshuffling executives amid layoffs this year,” said Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices and Services.

Burke played a crucial role in several projects during his time at Google, including building Nexus/Pixel phones, developing Chrome for mobile phones, starting Android TV, and spearheading efforts to build and ship developer tools.

This announcement follows recent changes in Google’s leadership as the company has gone through layoffs and restructuring. In January, over 1,000 employees were laid off, including most of the AR hardware team. Fitbit co-founders James Park and Eric Friedman also left the company.

In April, Google combined its hardware and Android teams to focus on bringing AI to all devices. This decision resulted in Hiroshi Lockheimer, who previously headed Android, Chrome, and ChromeOS, exploring new roles within the company, while Osterloh took on the new division. Sameer Samat, who worked under Lockheimer, became the president of Android Ecosystem.

“AI has the potential to play a pivotal role in accelerating drug discovery, with wide applicability, including in hard-to-treat pediatric cancers, a topic close to my heart. I’m working with Sundar to explore relevant roles at Alphabet,” Burke said in a letter to his colleagues, which was published on LinkedIn.

Burke also added that he is excited to continue his journey with Alphabet as an advisor while he seeks out new opportunities in the world of AI and bioengineering.

As Burke bids farewell to Android engineering, he looks forward to the endless possibilities and potential that AI and bioengineering hold within Alphabet.

More here: https://twitter.com/davey_burke/status/1409401779087527939

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