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Google needs a VP for Wearables, can finally take smartwatches seriously



  Picture of Wear OS watches.
Enlarge / The new Wear OS.

Think you can save Android Wear? A new Google job ad (first seen by Android Police) shows an opening for "Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables" on the Google Hardware team. The person would "work with the Senior Leadership Team for Google Hardware and be responsible for the design, development, and shipping of all Google's portable products." This job position and the recent acquisition of technology by Fossil are both solid evidence that Google is interested in producing a self-propelled laptop.

There are currently zero Google portable products on the market. Google Hardware builds up Pixel phones, tablets, smart speakers, Wi-Fi routers, phone-powered VR headsets, and Chromecasts, but it never caught a laptop. So far, the only Google branded product ever made by the company (checks notes) is Google Glass, which came out five years ago and was barely a consumer product.

While Google has mostly let the portable hardware world pass it, the company at least makes usable software in the form of (Android) Wear OS. At one time Wear OS shipped on smartwatches from Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Fossil and Asus, but most major OEMs have given up on Google's portable OS. A big part of the problem is that there is nothing to do with a smartwatch. The hardware ecosystem has been choked by Qualcomm, who refuses to make a modern smartwatch chip that can compete with Apple or Samsung's internal chip divisions. Qualcomm's lack of portable investment means that "Snapdragon Wear" chips are pretty much the same repackaged SoC every year. They are all built on a manufacturing process technology from 201

3, which means that Wear OS devices cannot compete with Apple or Samsung for speed, battery life or device compactness.

Google's VP for Wearable Hardware Engineering should somehow address this mess. "Job Responsibility" shows Google is seeking to develop "devices that address a wide range of applications, features and pricing" as it works to build a "wearables portfolio". Another Wearables-focused job list is looking for a "Wearables Design Manager" who would be responsible for designing a beautiful wearable.

It seems that it is extremely late in the 19459015 that only searches portable focused leaders . games are worth noting that Google Hardware VP Rick Osterloh was hired just six months before the launch of the Google Hardware Team's first product, Google Pixel 1. Google can quickly transform these things whenever it wants to.

Interested applicants can apply for this link. Good luck, everyone!


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