Hiroshi Lockheimer

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Hiroshi Lockheimer
Born1975 (age 45–46)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationSenior Vice President of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS & Play at Google
WebsiteTwitter profile

Hiroshi Lockheimer (born 1975) is a Japanese German software engineer and business executive. He is one of the founding members of the Android team at Google, which was created after Google acquired the mobile operating system.[2] At Google, Lockheimer is currently the senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS & Play, overseeing the company's range of mobile products.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lockheimer, born in 1975, grew up in Tokyo, the son of Japanese and German parents. He lived in Japan until the age of 18. In 1993, Lockheimer moved to the United States to enter Rice University in Houston, Texas. Lockheimer didn't enjoy his time in Texas and dropped out to move back to Tokyo to study programming. Lockheimer returned to the United States in 1997, and three years later became the first employee of Andy Rubin's start-up, called Danger Inc.[1][4][3]


Lockheimer was approached by Andy Rubin after Android got acquired by Google. In 2015, Lockheimer described his interaction with Rubin to Fast Company:

He knew my interest in consumer devices, and specifically wireless devices. He called me up and said, ‘Hey, you know, we’re doing this thing at Google now, we got acquired. I can’t really tell you what we’re doing, but I think you’re really going to be excited about it. You should come talk to us'.[5]

Lockheimer joined Google's Android team in April 2006, 19 months before the public unveiling of Android 1.0. Lockheimer initially started as Android's executive director, and was promoted to vice president of engineering in 2011. As of October 2015, Lockheimer is Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS & Play.[1]


  • Be, Inc., manager, 1997–2000
  • Danger, Inc., first employee, 2000–2000.
  • Palm, Inc., program manager, 2000–2001.
  • Good Technology, engineering manager, 2001–2004.
  • Microsoft IPTV, platform manager, 2005–2006.
  • Google, executive director, 2006–2011.
  • Google, vice president of engineering, 2011–2015.
  • Google, senior vice president of Android, Chrome, Chrome OS & Play, 2015–present.


  1. ^ a b c "Google's Android has too many flavors and Apple isn't the only one who thinks so". CNET. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ Elgin, Ben (August 17, 2005). "Google Buys Android for Its Mobile Arsenal". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on February 5, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Hiroshi Lockheimer LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Unknown Android". Live Typing. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer On The Present And Future Of Android And Chrome OS". Fast Company. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2017.