Friday, April 29, 2016

Former Motorola Boss, Rick Osterloh, Heads to Google to Oversee Nexus Program, Other Hardware

 
Former Motorola Boss, Rick Osterloh, Heads to Google to Oversee Nexus Program, Other Hardware

According to a report out of Recode, it didn’t take long for former Motorola boss, Rick Osterloh, to find a sweet new gig. Osterloh, after fleeing Motorola just last month, has landed at Google as a new senior vice president. This business includes Nexus phones and tablets, Chromecast, consumer hardware like Chromebooks and the Pixel C, OnHub, ATAP, and the Google Glass that Google still wants you to believe is alive and well.
Google has apparently confirmed the addition of Osterloh. 

According to Recode, Osterloh joins Google as a Senior Vice President for a new hardware group that will look to align all of Google’s hardware interests under the same roof. 

This move lends credence to rumors that Google and Fadell aren’t totally seeing eye-to-eye after Nest failed to live up to expectations. Fadell was long thought to be the frontrunner for running a dedicated hardware division within Google thanks to his history of creating successful products. That said, Fadell is said to still be on board as an advisor for the new team, and he will still serve in his capacity as CEO of Nest.

Osterloh is a very good choice for Google. The man moved from Product Manager to Chief Operating Officer to President of Motorola Mobility through the company’s most exciting years. He had a heavy hand in fostering a new era in Motorola that focused on solid hardware, clean software, reliable updates and trying to help the local economy. Let’s hope all those values ring as loud as they did at Motorola when he makes his way to his new office in Mountain View.