Google CEO Sundar Pichai on merging Android and Pixel teams | Phones

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Sundar Pichai is out with an internal email today detailing the big “Platforms & Devices” reorganization of Android, Chrome and Pixel, as well as other company-wide changes.

“To truly drive computing forward, we need to do it at the intersection of hardware, software and AI. So we are formalizing the collaboration between DSPA and P&E and bringing the teams together in a new PA called Platforms & Devices.” Sundar Pichai.

The Alphabet/Google CEO says this merger will result in “higher quality products and experiences for our users and partners.” Specifically, it will “turbocharge the Android and Chrome ecosystems” and “bring the best innovations to partners faster,” with Circle to Search for Samsung cited as an example.

This should “speed up decision-making” internally. It follows the hardware division in January switching to a functional organization model where, for example, there is one team for hardware engineering across Pixel, Nest, and Fitbit.

Meanwhile, there are other AI changes today. All “compute-intensive model building” now takes place within Google DeepMind. This gives other teams within Google “single access points” for “tak[ing] these models and build[ing] generative AI applications.

Meanwhile, Google’s Responsible AI teams are moving from Research to DeepMind “to be closer to where the models are built and scaled.”

“We’re standardizing launch requirements for AI-powered features and increasing investments in “red team” testing for vulnerabilities and broader evaluations to help ensure responses are accurate and responsive to our users’ prompts. “

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