- REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Google has a new exec heading up all of its hardware efforts.
Rick Osterloh, the former president of Motorola, will lead a new division that combines all of the company’s disparate hardware efforts, including its video streaming device, Chromecast, its Nexus phone division, and the beleagured Google Glass, Re/code’s Mark Bergen reports.
As a senior vice president, Osterloh will report directly to CEO Sundar Pichai.
His purview also includes the wireless router device, OnHub, which used to be part of the Alphabet division Access, ATAP, the experiemental skunkworks group that just lost its leader to Facebook, and consumer hardware like Chromebook laptops.
Nest CEO Tony Fadell will continue to work with the Glass team – which has rebranded as Project Aura – an “advisor.”
Osterloh is technically a Google vet, since he was at Motorola before Google sold it to Lenovo (he remained there until this March, when he left as part of a broad restructuring). His appointment marks a move towards cohesion for Google, which previously had hardware projects scattered across the company under different leadership.