Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Google is combining Android and hardware teams to accelerate AI efforts

Artificial intelligence is the most important agenda item for Google, like other giants of the technology world. Within this focus, the company is looking for ways to accelerate broad language model implementation. The first sign of this was seen with the launch of a “Green Ribbon” application that allows AI projects to conduct their own reviews for faster approval. Google has taken a bigger step with its new internal structure combining Android and hardware teams.

The change in question was announced in a blog post signed by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Google will create a new department called Platforms and Devices. This department will combine the software and hardware teams and will be responsible for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Photos and more.

Google states that there are three motivations behind this radical change. These are listed as “delivering better quality products and experiences”, “helping accelerate the Android and Chrome ecosystems” and “bringing the best innovations to partners faster”. In short, Google wants to make the artificial intelligence implementation process faster than before.

The new team will be led by Rick Osterloh, who was previously responsible for all of Google's hardware efforts. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is responsible for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google One and Photos, will take part in new projects within Alphabet. Lockheimer's deputy, Sameer Samat, will lead the Android ecosystem.

Google considered merging its Android and hardware teams two years ago.

According to The Verge site, both Osterloh and Lockheimer knocked on Pichai's door two years ago for the change in question. The move is happening now “because it feels like the right time,” Lockheimer says. Osterloh told the press that he believes combining the two teams will allow Google to “integrate AI into all of its products faster than before.”

In the statement made by Google, Pichai used the following statements: “These changes are a continuation of the work we have done over the past year to simplify our structure and improve speed and application. For example, it helped accelerate our Gemini models by bringing together the Brain team at Google Research with teams at DeepMind; unifying our machine learning infrastructure and machine learning developer teams to enable faster decisions, smarter compute allocation, and a better customer experience; and Bringing our search teams under one leader.”

By merging its Android and hardware teams, Google once again shows how focused it is on artificial intelligence. The company significantly increased the number of artificial intelligence products last year. The new steps taken prove that Google sees artificial intelligence as the future of its business.

Danish Kapoor