After 14 Long Years, Dave Burke Is No Longer Going To Be Android’s VP Of Engineering

Dave Burke is well-known in the tech industry for his work on Android, especially for his years of significant involvement in the Google I/O events. He has been serving as Android’s Engineer VP since 2014. After contributing to the position for 14 years, he has now surprised everyone by announcing that he would now move to a different role and is looking forward to something new and fresh.

Burke will be shifting to a new position and no longer be Android’s VP Engineer amidst an internal shuffle of staff

Dave Burke recently took to X (formerly Twitter) to announce his decision to step down from the Engineering VP position at Android and opt for a new, challenging role. He expressed his need to change and explore a new domain and said he would work in an advisory position while handling AI/bio projects. He mentioned in his post the potential that AI holds great potential, and when combined with bio, it can help with significant discoveries:

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.”

This news followed after Google merged two software and hardware divisions internally in April: Platforms and Ecosystems and Devices and Services. It is now one Platforms and Devices team headed by Rick Osterloh, and the company is said to be reshuffling the staff after restructuring within the organization.

In January, a similar reorganization took place on the hardware side. Google adopted a functional organization model, and instead of independent teams handling specific aspects, one team would be dedicated to hardware engineering across all of Google’s hardware.

Even though Burke expressed his personal interest in working on AI projects, the shift highlights the tech giant’s changing focus. There were no details on the role, but we know he would work with Sundar Pichai to find relevant work at Alphabet. Due to the shuffle, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the head of Android Chrome, also stepped away from his position and now works as an executive sponsor for Google projects.

CEO Sundar Pichai detailed earlier that the constant shifts within aim to make decisions promptly and optimize innovations with the Android and Chrome ecosystems, especially amidst the growing focus on AI. Burke, in his post,  voiced his focus on ensuring he has a sorted succession plan and said he would give more details on the change later on but did not reveal who would be replacing his position yet.

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