NIXsolutions: Google to Merge Android, Chrome, and Hardware Divisions

Google has decided to carry out a major reorganization, merging its Android, Chrome, and hardware divisions. The new Platforms and Devices structure is headed by the company’s senior vice president of hardware, Rick Osterloh.


Unified Structure for Enhanced Innovation

Hiroshi Lockheimer, who previously led Google’s development of software platforms such as Android and ChromeOS, will now lead “some new projects” at the company. Google CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized that this unified approach will provide users and partners with better products and experiences, accelerating the evolution of the Android and Chrome ecosystems and bringing cutting-edge innovation to partners faster.

Focus on AI and Research

Google’s decision is driven by advancements in artificial intelligence technologies. The new division will incorporate various research projects, including a team working on computational photography technologies, aiming to integrate hardware and software with AI.

Navigating Partnerships and Competition

Rick Osterloh expressed excitement about accelerating AI innovation within the Android ecosystem and expanding collaborations with partners like Qualcomm. However, Google’s development of its own Pixel Tensor chip has caused tensions with Qualcomm, its largest chipmaker partner, leading to competition in the market, notes NIXsolutions.

Future Implications

The reorganization raises questions about the reactions of other companies in the Android ecosystem. Despite initial expectations of a barrier between Android and hardware development teams, Osterloh’s expanded responsibility indicates a shift in Google’s strategy. Stay updated as Google continues to navigate these changes.

Overall, Google’s reorganization aims to streamline operations, foster innovation, and navigate partnerships and competition in the evolving tech landscape. We’ll keep you updated on further developments.