David Foster, whom Google recruited last year for its newly formed hardware division, has quit the company after just six months. Google had poached Foster from Amazon where he had worked on the development of the Kindle tablets and Echo speakers.
Foster was the vice president of hardware product development at Google where he worked on the Pixel and Google Home speaker. He reported directly to Rick Osterloh who previously worked at Motorola and Lenovo. Interestingly, Google has no immediate plans to hire Foster’s replacement.
The reason behind Foster’s departure also remains unknown for now. He leaves Google while the company is working on the release of two new Pixel smartphones for later this year.
With Rick Osterloh still at the helm of things, Google’s Pixel lineup is still in safe hands.
Google aims to compete with Apple and Amazon with its hardware division. While the company has released quite a few products since the inception of the division last year, none of them have met with huge success so far. The company does not even report individual device sales which speak volumes about their popularity.[Via Bloomberg]