According to a latest post, Google soon to get Hardware Division under Rick Osterloh. The former president of Motorola, who left the Lenovo handset in March, will lead the new division.
According to re-code “A Google rep confirmed that Osterloh has joined the company as its newest Senior Vice President, running the new hardware product line and reporting to CEO Sundar Pichai.”
Rick left Google, when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. Now Rick is coming back to Google to lead the new division. Since Regina Dugan, hardware chief, Google left for Facebook, Google was struggling with his hardware initiatives.
There will also be a suite of products called ‘living room,’ which suggests Google is hard at work on even more connected home stuff. The new hardware division of Google will include
Chromecast: TV Streaming Device. It was under the supervision of Hiroshi Lockheimer.
Nexus: Rick will be overtaking Hiroshi, who will now focus software and platform development.
OnHub: a fast, simple, secure router for the way we use Wi-Fi today. It was a part of Alphabet, but now own by Google and will be supervised by Rick.
Google Glass: an optical head-mounted display that is designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It’s now under the supervision of Rick.
ATAP: Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) is a skunkworks team and in-house technology incubator. It was created and led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan. Now Rick will take care of it.
Google isn’t saying anything specifics on his goals now. But it would be nice if Google’s products had a bit more direction. Let’s hope that’s what we get.