Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Sep 2017 10:59 UTC

Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of hardware, writes:

About a year and a half ago, I joined Google to pursue my dream job to create compelling hardware products, built with Google's smarts at their core. As a first step, we brought together various consumer hardware-related efforts and established a single hardware organization within the company. Our team's goal is to offer the best Google experience - across hardware, software and services - to people around the world. Last fall, we introduced our first family of Made by Google products, including Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Google Wifi, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra, and we're preparing to unveil our second generation of products on October 4. We're excited about the 2017 lineup, but even more inspired by what's in store over the next five, 10, even 20 years. Creating beautiful products that people rely on every single day is a journey, and we are investing for the long run.

That's why we've signed an agreement with HTC, a leader in consumer electronics, that will fuel even more product innovation in the years ahead. With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we've already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we're excited to see what we can do together as one team. The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.

This may elicit some flashbacks to Google buying Motorola, but said purchase was more about patents than it was about the company's hardware business - and even after selling Motorola, it turned out this was actually a pretty good deal. Google's sale of Motorola supposedly was part of a series of deals with Samsung, which included a patent-sharing agreement and Samsung promising to stick closer to stock Android.

It seems like Google is feeling more confident now, and is willing to risk agitating Samsung by investing in their own hardware capabilities.

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RE: Comment by kurkosdr
by leech on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 04:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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I kind of hate Google more and more each day. They're kind of like Microsoft in that they're looking for other things to dominate, and then they fail to do so, they just toss the people aside and move onto the next project.

I think the only reason that Android was successful at all was not because of them, but because they let the cat out of the bag so others could do something with it.

The part about making Samsung make their version closer to normal android is a bad thing in my eyes. A lot of the newer features in Android were because Samsung took some risks and implemented them first (though arguably some of their attempts were REALLY bad).

Tizen is another matter... Since it was Samsung latching onto what was left of MeeGo after Nokia dropped out... Though I don't know if it even got that far, it was based on... can't recall the name of it now, but it was worked on by Intel, merged with Maemo to make MeeGo, then split to be Tizen after Nokia's MS invasion...

If it weren't for that buggery, we'd probably have three main mobile operating systems like we have Linux / Mac / Windows on Desktop PCs, we could have had Android / iOS / MeeGo.

Kind of like back in the day we had Apple / Atari / Commodore...

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RE[2]: Comment by kurkosdr
by zima on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 12:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by kurkosdr"
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If it weren't for that buggery, we'd probably have three main mobile operating systems like we have Linux / Mac / Windows on Desktop PCs, we could have had Android / iOS / MeeGo.

Kind of like back in the day we had Apple / Atari / Commodore...

If you count Linux on the desktop, which has around 1%, then you also have to count, on mobile, Windows Phone... ;)

(and regarding "back in the day we had Apple / Atari / Commodore" - I guess that was true mostly or only in the US... Apple was for a long time largely non-existing in most of the world; OTOH we also had ZX Spectrum ;) ...of course, after a while, the PC came and overwhelmed them all)

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RE[3]: Comment by kurkosdr
by moondevil on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 17:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kurkosdr"
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It was also quite true in Western Europe, just it was Atari / Amiga / PC.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Tizen was sold as the continuation of Meego, but its not. Not even close. Basically, Samsung just re-branded Bada. Intel engineers were pissed. Samsung took the Meego repo and just ripped out meego and replaced it with Bada without consulting intel engineers. Intel dropped out shortly there after.

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