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Google’s new hardware division has one notable exclusion


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Google is creating a new division to unite hardware interests like Nexus, Chromebook, Chromecast and even Google Glass.

The OnHub router and the experimental ATAP lab projects will also come under the watch of returning former Motorola president Rick Osterloh.

News of the new division, first reported by Re/code, has been confirmed by Google.

Osterloh will now work with partner manufacturers on the Nexus line and other consumer hardware products.

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However, while Google looks to bring together all of its hardware projects under one roof, one company remains on the outside.

Tony Fadell’s Nest, which has become somewhat of an island within Google in recent weeks, will not be under Osterloh’s jurisdiction, according to the report.

The smart home company, which makes thermostats, smoke alarms and security cameras, has been ridiculed internally for poor performance and a combative internal culture.

As a result of the switch, the Glass team will no longer be under Fadell’s control. He will apparently stay on and as advisor.

The move could signify Google’s rumoured willingness to offload Nest, which it bought for $3.2 billion back in 2014.

Mali Boo

April 28, 2016, 8:21 pm


Mali Boo

April 28, 2016, 8:23 pm

What the fvck?! Chris Smith, you're really an id!ot!

1. Of course Nest is not (and can't be) part of Google's hardware division, simply because Nest is not under Google, but an independant Alphabet company.

2. Again, what the fvck are you talking about? Google Glass has never been under Fadell's control, but was and still is an adviser under "Ivy Ross", head of Google Glass. Nothing fvcking changed!

This is by far the dumb*st article I have read this year!

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