Chrome & Android: Sundar Pichai’s 2 major stepping stone at Google

Sundar Pichai is leading Google and its parent company Alphabet as CEO for both companies. He joined Google in 2004. After 11 years of joining Google, he was named as CEO of Google and later in Dec 2019, he was also named as CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. He is well known within the company for is soft and interpersonal skills which are largely responsible for his success at Google. Here are 2 stepping stone projects of Sundar Pichai in Google which gave him more attention and helped in his rise:

Google Chrome:

Google Chrome project started as an experiment by his team of 10 engineers. When they initially got the prototype working, they faced significant resistance within the company. Nobody in the company wanted the challenge of taking on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Sundar presented Google Chrome to founders Larry and Sergey. Even then there was a lot of skepticism. Ther was also objection from then CEO Eric Schmidt. He later won the confidence of founder Larry to get go ahead.

Finally, Google Chrome was released in 2008 and made history. Google chrome now accounts for around 68% of the market and Microsoft internet explorer market share is below 7%.


Andriod is OS for smartphone is now used by above two billion people across the world. Andriod started as a small company in 2003, founded by Andy Rubin which was later bought by Google in 2005. In 2012, Google announced a mobile version of Chrome browser for Android which would replace the mobile browser Rubin had developed for his OS. When Andy Rubin left in 2013, he was replaced by Sundar Pichai.

You may also like to read: Biography of Sundar Pichai.

As A CEO, he has overseen products like Search, YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Android and Play store. Each of these products is used by more than a billion people. Sundar was once called the man who understands Larry Page best and translate his vision for everyone else in the company.

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