Google, what are you doing? Motorola ex-prez now new hardware chief

Former Motorola bigwig is now Google SVP for shiny things. Rick Osterloh returns to the mothership.

Google Motorola Rick Osterloh
Credit: @rosterloh

Google hires Motorola ex-president to lead a new centralized hardware team. This is BIG BIG news -- it hints at Google's plans for Nexus, ChromeOS, the living room, and even the ludicrous Google Glass.

It's also a slap in the face with a wet fish to Hiroshi Lockheimer and Nest's Tony Fadell. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers read the orgchart runes.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: The History of Rock

What’s the craic? You don't know Jack Nicas—Google Hires Former Motorola President:

Alphabet Inc. is unifying...hardware projects into a new create one home...for a variety of hardware products...dotted throughout the company.

Rick Osterloh...helped lead Motorola Mobility under Google...and he stayed on as Motorola president. [He is now] reporting to Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.

Who broke this story? Ina "chicken" Fried and Mark "mywords" Bergen did: [You're fired -Ed.]

Osterloh is coming back to Google. ... For years, Google has struggled [with] its various hardware initiatives.

[He] will now oversee Google’s Nexus devices...Chromecast...Chromebook laptops...Pixel C...OnHub...ATAP [and] Glass. ... It is a far broader role than his past ones.

Who are the winners and losers? Abner Li lists 'em—Osterloh is leading Google’s new hardware division:

After Dennis Woodside left [Google] to join Dropbox in 2014, Osterloh was placed in charge of [Motorola] as it was it sold to Lenovo. ... Android SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer...will focus more on software and platform development.

After Regina Dugan left...for Facebook, there was some question what would happen to the experimental ATAP division. [The] parts...that haven’t been integrated into Google’s VR division...are now reporting to Osterloh. This includes Project Ara...Soli and Jacquard. ... Chromecast hardware will [be part of] a new suite of “living room” products.

Previously reporting to Tony Fadell, working on the next version of Glass is now reporting to [Osterloh]. The troubled Fadell remains an adviser [and] CEO of...Nest.

So who is this Rick Osterloh? Quentyn Kennemer calls him The man who helped make Motorola great again:

Osterloh is a very good choice. [He] moved from Product Manager to [COO] to President...through [Motorola’s] most exciting years. [He] focused on solid hardware, clean software, [and] reliable updates. ... Let’s hope all those values ring as loud [in] his new office.

This move lends credence to rumors that Google and Fadell aren’t totally seeing eye-to-eye. [He] was long thought to be the frontrunner [to be] a dedicated hardware [SVP].

Some say this has been long in the planning. Heed the chronicles of riddick:

This is no surprise. He worked for Google when they bought Moto Mobility, and it looks like his contract time at up. He is just a good soldier headquarters.

And Finally…

The History of Rock
[I'm not sure how I missed this when it came out last month, but it's awesome]

You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings, who curates the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websites… so you don’t have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @RiCHi or
Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

From CIO: 8 Free Online Courses to Grow Your Tech Skills
View Comments
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies