Google is creating a new unified hardware division, and has brought back former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh to lead it. Osterloh will be joining as a Senior Vice President, and report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai. Google confirmed the news to Re/code, and also said that the yet-to-be-named division will bring different initiatives like Nexus, Chromebook Pixel, OnHub and Google Glass among others under one roof. Also Read - Motorola Moto Tab G70 appears on BIS, indicates imminent launchAlso Read - Redmi Note 11T to Moto G31: Phones launches expected in India next week
Under this new hardware division, Osterloh will lead Google’s Nexus division and work closely with the hardware partners. Reports claim that this year, Google is working with HTC, which will develop two smartphones. Internally these smartphones are reportedly called the M1 and S1. Android SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer will continue to work closely with Osterloh, but will focus more on the software and platform development front. Also Read - Motorola G51 5G price, launch time tipped in new leak
The new hardware chief will also oversee other divisions like Chromecast, consumer hardware like the Chromebooks and Pixel C, the OnHub wireless router, and the experimental hardware lab — ATAP. The ATAP team is responsible for working on the Project Ara modular smartphone initiative.
The Google Glass project will also be overseen by Osterloh and he will lead the Project Aura team that is building the next-gen eyewear. This division was earlier under the watch of Nest chief Tony Fadell, speaking of which, Nest has not been included in this hardware division. Fadell will remain as an advisor to the Project Aura team, and will continue to be the CEO of Nest, which will function as an independent division under Alphabet.
An interesting addition to this hardware division is what Google simply calls ‘living room’. While details are scarce, the name suggests that the hardware team could be working on a range of smart connected devices for one’s living room.
Rick Osterloh worked his way up when Motorola was under Google, moving up from head of product management. After the exit of Dennis Woodside in 2014, Osterloh became the head of Motorola and remained in the position following the sale to Lenovo. But he recently left Motorola after Lenovo initiated a major organizational reshuffle.