Alphabet Hires Motorola President Rick Osterloh To Lead New Hardware Division
Alphabet has hired former Motorola President Rick Osterloh to lead a new hardware division saying it is designed to create one home and also one leader for the need of variety of hardware products.
The newly created hardware division will include Chromebook laptops, tablets, Chromecast gadgets and also OnHub Wi-Fi routers.
It is reported the division to also take some ownership of flagship Android devices designed by Google and Google’s Nexus smartphones.
Google said the Android chief Hiroshi Lockheimer will now mainly focus on the software part. He earlier oversaw Chromecast and Chromebooks.
The hardware division is said to be also including some long-term projects like the Glass wearable computer called Google Glass.
Google Glass didn’t succeed with consumers and now it is retooled for commercial applications.
The Advanced Technology and Projects will also be brought under the leadership of Osterloh as the former head of the unit, Regina Dugan, has left the company for Facebook very recently.
Osterloh was with Motorola Mobility after Google acquired it in 2012. He was the Motorola president after the company was again sold to China’s Lenovo Group in 2014.
Osterloh will be reporting to Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.
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