Google grabs ex-Motorola president to unify its hardware teams

Google grabs ex-Motorola president to unify its hardware groups

Rick Osterloh, former president of Motorola, is now Senior Vice President at Google in control of a brand new hardware division that features the corporate’s Nexus units, front room devices and Glass, Re/code studies. This implies Nest CEO Tony Fadell is not main Google’s Glass initiatives, a task he took on in January 2015, although he’ll keep on as a staff adviser.

Osterloh is not any stranger to Google — he led product improvement throughout Motorola’s tenure underneath Google and helped develop the Moto X, Moto 360 and early Droid efforts.

Osterloh’s appointment marks a shift in Google’s strategy to hardware, Re/code stories. The brand new hardware division is broad, masking Nexus telephones, OnHub, Glass, Chromecast, shopper merchandise just like the Chromebook and Pixel C, and the experimental lab making the Undertaking Ara modular telephone, ATAP. Many of those efforts have been unfold throughout different Alphabet divisions, however now all of them report back to Osterloh.

We’ll see if he could make Google’s merchandise, like Glass, work for the actual world.