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Report: Google’s next phones to be designed by former Amazon hardware lead

Google has hired Amazon’s David Foster as its new Vice President of Product Engineering, with a report claiming he will be in charge of developing the firm’s next line of phones.

At Amazon, Foster oversaw development of numerous devices including the Kindle Paperwhite and Voyage, and the Amazon Echo and Dash – created by the company’s Lab126 division.

According to a report from The Information, citing ‘a person familiar with the hiring’, Foster will now lead hardware development for Google’s next smartphones.

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The firm is preparing to unveil its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones at a dedicated event today, where it’s also expected to debut a new Chromecast 4K and and announce a release date for its Google Home smart speaker.

While the new Pixel handsets are widely thought to have been designed and manufactured by HTC, Foster’s hiring could signal the introduction of a new company-wide ‘design language’ that will see future products adopt a uniform style.

The Vice President of Product Engineering role has reportedly been vacant until now, providing Foster with a chance to introduce some big changes by occupying an entirely new position.

He will report to former Motorola executive Rick Osterloh, who currently oversees Google’s hardware division.

You can catch the Google event this evening from 5pm BST, and stay tuned to TrustedReviews for all the updates.

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