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Osterloh hired for Google’s latest hardware adventure

Former Motorola Mobility president returns to head up a unified hardware effort, but is Google tipping at device windmills again?

In its latest triumph of hope over experience, Google is hiring back the former president of Motorola Mobility, Rick Osterloh, to head up its hardware efforts – a week after Google CEO Sundar Pichai predicted that the concept of a “device” may fade away.

That seems to give Osterloh a rather broad remit – to redefine devices inside a company which has repeatedly failed to succeed in hardware. Like Microsoft, Google is constantly lured back, moth-like, to the flame of an Apple-style integrated device/software business, without any of the too

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