Ex-Moto Chief to Head Up Google's New Hardware Division

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Former Motorola president Rick Osterloh is returning to Google to run a new hardware division.

Osterloh, who left Motorola last month, is now Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google, according to his LinkedIn profile.

As Re/code reports, Osterloh will handle Google's Nexus devices and "living room" devices like Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP and Project Ara, Glass, and more. A Google spokeswoman confirmed Re/code's report, but declined to comment further; Osterloh did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The Silicon Valley veteran got his start at Motorola in 2007 when the company acquired Good Technology, where he served as vice president of product and marketing. Osterloh spent two years in London, heading up Skype's design and product management, before heading back to Motorola—and Google—in 2012 after Google purchased the phone maker. Two years later, as Google was selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, Osterloh was named president and COO of Motorola Mobility.

Now, Osterloh will report to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Re/code says.

At 2012's Mobile World Congress, Osterloh offered a few candid quips, including his assessment that all existing wearable computing devices are "extremely ugly." He also predicted that "the days of $650 smartphones are coming to an end."

For a trip down memory lane, check out PCMag's interview with Osterloh from 2013, following Motorola's Moto X unveiling.

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