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Google splits maps and commerce units, moves Jeff Huber to the X Lab

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Google splits maps and commerce units, moves Jeff Huber to the X Lab
Spring cleaning isn't quite over for Google, it seems. CEO Larry Page has gone to work again to try to streamline the company (and beef up the X Lab). The newest report says that Page has decided to split up the mapping and commerce units at Google, and transfer the ex-head of that once combined unit, Jeff Huber, to the X Lab.

So, the mapping and commerce units had been one, but now Page wants the mapping division to be part of the search division, and commerce will combine with the advertising division. Jeff Huber had been the head of the joint "Geo and Commerce" division, but he will now be working in the X Lab. This also means that Udi Manber, who has been Google's head of search since Marissa Mayer left to become CEO at Yahoo, will be taking over the mapping unit, and Susan Wojcicki, Google's head of advertising, will now be in charge of the commerce unit. 

This move by Page follows yesterday's surprise move to have Andy Rubin step down as head of Android, to be replaced by Sundar Pichai, and the not-so-surprise announcement that Google is finally killing off Google Reader. Now, we just wait and see if the spring cleaning is done at Google.

source: WSJ (sub. req.) via Engadget

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 11:04

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Welcome to the X Lab, Huber. lol :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 11:19

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I think these late changes are a reaction to Samsung's threats. Google's dependency on Sammy droid customers in Google-related income is huge, they have to ready everything plus the kitchen sink in case next year's Galaxy line-up switches to Tizen, cause it will sell just the same especially if they port every original Sammy function and make Android apps compatible. Tizen can be successful where it simplifies the interface using gesture and "Smart" controls and it will be compatible with every other Samsung devices coming out also running Tizen.

Unifying Chrome OS and Android is a major cornerstone in the battle, making Android more secure and Google-based high-end computers more versatile.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:53

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

To me it just makes sense bringing the minds the that made Android great together to the same for ChromeBook as well other new products that they might be coming out with in the future.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 11:39

3. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Smells fishy.......google is upto something wicked!!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:02

4. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Seems Larry has Something in his mind for Google

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:30

6. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Wait wait wait. Maps and search together?! Advertising and commerce together?! That... That seems... That seems downright logical!

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