Google Merges Hardware and Software Teams to Expedite AI Adoption

Google is merging its hardware and software teams to accelerate the adoption of AI across its products. The company is undergoing organizational changes to further integrate AI into its offerings. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced significant internal changes, including the creation of a new team called “Platforms and Devices” that will oversee all products such as Pixel phones, the Android operating system, Chrome, ChromeOS, Photos, and more.

The new team will be led by Rick Osterloh, who was previously Google’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services and oversaw all of Google’s hardware efforts. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the former head of Chrome, Android, and ChromeOS, will join other projects within Google and Alphabet.

“There’s one reason for all of this,” Osterloh says of the internal changes, “and that’s AI. Combining the teams will help us innovate faster. For example, I think the hardware and software integration with AI algorithms on the Pixel 8 Pro camera showed how AI can completely change the user experience.”

Osterloh believes that Google can now integrate AI into all of its products more quickly by combining the teams. “We have a very fast way to get the latest research and models from DeepMind,” he says. “Now there’s a team for AI research and another team for building AI products. That means finding a way to build a new app based on the results of the latest AI model.”

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, in response to Google’s new changes, said, “I’m excited to work with Rick to deliver superior Android experiences powered by Snapdragon not only on phones but also in automotive, VR, and other areas.”

It is clear that Google is placing a greater focus on the Android operating system as a driving force for AI adoption. The company is adding its Gemini AI model everywhere it can think of, bringing AI features to Pixel phones and a wide range of Android devices, WearOS, ChromeOS, and more.

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