Yesterday, Larry Page sent shockwaves through the tech world by abdicating a big portion of his responsibilities to Sundar Pichai. Pichai is now the head of (most) Google products, while Page will focus more on the business side and "moonshots". In many ways, this move has made Sundar Pichai into the second most powerful man at Google. Obviously, CEO Larry Page stays on top; Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman, but is basically an adviser at this point; and, Sergey Brin is mostly dealing with his "special projects" in Google X labs.
On the other hand, this is a big step up for Sundar Pichai, who is keeping his main responsibilities as head of Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, but will also also have the heads of research, Search, Maps, Google+, commerce, and ads and infrastructure, all reporting directly to him. Larry Page decided to make this move in order to give himself more time to deal with bigger picture issues, but it also means that Pichai's attention could be pulled in many different directions, and away from his core responsibilities with Android and Chrome. This all leads to one inevitable question: what does this mean for Android?