Google loses head of Pixel division, as David Foster returns to Amazon

We're less than a month away from the Google I/O's debut, and just when the Mountain View company needed more unity considering its plans for the smartphone industry, a prominent exec has left the search giant.

David Foster joined Google back in October after having worked for Amazon's hardware division where he led the development of Kindle tablets, the Echo speaker, as well as other devices.

At Google, Foster was VP of hardware product and was directly responsible for the company's Pixel division. He worked on the current Pixel phones and Home speaker. For whatever reason, he decided that it's better to return to Amazon after having spent several months working for Google.

The information has already been confirmed by a Google spokeswoman, who declined to comment on Foster's departure. Analysts are already seeing this as a real setback for Google since the company plans to launch at least two Pixel smartphones this year.

There was no comment from David Foster regarding his departure from Google. However, he had previously worked at hardware groups at other major companies like Microsoft and Apple, which says something about his allegiances.

Last but not least, it's worth mentioning that Google does not plan to replace Foster, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

source: Bloomberg



1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Haha copied iphone and made pixel... They may employ the Geskin guy from twitter who does the iphone concepts as the new chief lol....

2. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Big incentive bonus is the key in tech world..poaching

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Not a big deal. I guess that's logical since Rick Osterloh came back from Lenovo to run Googles hardware division. I am more confident in Rick than David.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think they are in good hands under Osterloh.

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I hope to. I think what he did with Moto division working for Google was pretty amazing. Given in such short time.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I tuned the Pixel out when it first came out, but I am now a fan. Let's see what you cook up for vol 2. And please, DUAL FRONT FIRING SPEAKERS.

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

He's hoping back and forth to steal some insider informations and technology.

8. Xavier1415

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Steals the companies info and use it for amazing guess they trying to make a phone again lol

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's what NDAs are for. Unless by info you just mean general "this is how to build a phone" experience and not Google-owned IP, well that's just how the world works. No stealing involved.

9. Xavier1415

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 26, 2012


10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Looks like Google aint giving him a bigger paycheck. Greed always finds its way.

14. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Greed my ass, that's how the world works. If you find a better paying job, won't you switch? Anyone would, unless you have special ties to the company.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hopefully their next design is more inspired... ...And hey, if they take inspiration from the Galaxy S8 or even the G6 I'd be A-okay!

12. drazwy

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

First, fix the damn supply chain.

15. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

All the guy did is design a couple of near identical iPhone clones. May as well have called them iPixels...

16. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Eh? Am I only one that sees the obvious? If he is leaving so soon and Google is not going to replace him, then it means he isn't needed at Google and that's why he is going back to Amazon. He probably did jack s**t and Google sees this but Amazon doesn't. Lol

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