Google hires former Amazon exec to help with phones division development

Talking about meeting the right person at the right time. It looks like Google is plans to hire one of the artisans of Amazon's Kindle lineup, David Foster, to run its phones development. The move hasn't been made official yet, but sources in the industry say that it's just a matter of days until Google makes the announcement.

David Foster is one of the important peoples behind Amazon's Kindle project, but that ended earlier this week when he took a job at the Mountain View-based search giant. Foster will act as vice president of product engineering for Google's hardware group, an official confirmed recently.

Basically, Amazon's former exec will be in charge with hardware development for Google's new Pixel smartphones, or whatever they will be named. Foster doesn't take anyone's place since the position was vacant, so there's no one leaving Google just yet.

Google's new addition to its staff suggests that the company is concerned about the future of its hardware division and that smartphones are not just an occasional business for the search giant.

According to the new reports, David Foster will report directly to Rick Osterloh. If you didn't know, the latter is the former Motorola executive, who's now leading Google's hardware projetcs.

Foster's LinkedIn profile indicates that his latest job was within Amazon's Lab126 team, which usually outed the Echo and Dash products.

It's also worth mentioning that before working at Amazon, David Foster was a Microsoft employee, having worked for on the company's hardware division helping with the Zune HD development. And if that's not enough, Foster was also with Apple for around five years as well, where he helped develop hardware components for various devices.



1. Rafishant

Posts: 405; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Yes! Because Fire phone was a giant success. They had one of the best hardware companies. Why did they mess up and sold it for pennies to Lenovo, and then arrived to its final destination. Motorola could've created a great handset division to Google. Google sometimes is very weird, indeed!

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5758; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Rumors are it was partly because Samsung didn't like that Moto might get special treatment from Google Which is partly why Samsung starting developing Tizen And not long after the sale, Samsung and Google announced a new deal, Samsung killed of several competing services The Kindles did pretty well and Amazon Echo is pretty interesting It says Foster a VP for Google's hardware group The hardware in the Kindles, Echo and Fire phone were fine, its the software that let the Fire phone down

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol the guy who put Amazon phones on Fire... Hahahahahaha

4. Kumar123 unregistered

Hahahahaha. You didn't even read the article. He was in charge of Amazon's Kindle, Echo and Dash products. Read the article before you post your stupid comment.

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

So, he came from Amazon and Microsoft. One company just produced really cheap tablets and the other has always been a disgrace when it comes to smartphones. It doesn't sound like a great hire to me.

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