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Former Motorola Boss, Rick Osterloh, Heads to Google to Oversee Nexus Program, Other Hardware

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According to a report out of Recode, it didn’t take long for former Motorola boss, Rick Osterloh, to find a sweet new gig. Osterloh, after fleeing Motorola just last month, has landed at Google as a new senior vice president who will head up a new hardware division that aims to unify the company’s many projects, including Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, Glass, Chromebooks, and yes, Nexus devices.

Google has apparently confirmed the addition of Osterloh. 

According to Recode, Osterloh will work on Nexus hardware development alongside Android SVP Hirsohi Lockheimer, who may focus a bit more going forward on software and platform development. He’ll also take over the lead on Chromecast hardware duties, Chromebook and Pixel devices, OnHub routers, ATAP (the whacky stuff that Google makes), and Google Glass (or just “Glass”). But wait, isn’t Nest boss Tony Fadell overseeing Glass? He was, but with Osterloh at the helm, Fadell will reportedly stay attached only as an “advisor.”

While I don’t know Rick personally, I do get the feeling that he is well-liked in the industry after having dealt with him and Motorola over the years. Not that Google hasn’t been equally as enjoyable to work with, but with Osterloh on board, I’d imagine things can only get better for both media relations and on a product front that will eventually end with devices in your hands.

Dance, Rick, dance.

Via:  Recode
  • Greyhame

    Please please PLEASE bring the UX of the Moto X series to Nexus devices!!!

  • TC Infantino

    Sweet! Now Google, make a Nexus with all the goodness of the last couple of generations of Moto flagships. Then I don’t have to desperately hope that Lenovo will not totally screw up the Moto line.

  • interstellarmind


  • Aelanor

    Rick is a first class guy. We miss him at Moto. Definitely it’s Google’s gain!

    • JRomeo

      do you work at Moto?

  • So no change, Google still doesn’t want to make successful marketed hardware. That’s right, come at me Moto Bros!

  • WickedToby741

    This is awesome. I was really worried when he left Moto, but this seems like a great fit. Definitely seems like the right guy if Google ever decides to start making Nexus devices in house.

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    Motorola boss sucks monkey balls

    • …..

    • TC Infantino


    • UniBroW

      Samsung fanbois are seemingly the worst of the worst, are you guys paid shills?

    • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      he’s got more money than you and even with that dancing, still doesnt look as stupid as you look. true story. i’m sure he is reading this comment and laughing all the way to the bank at such idiocy.

    • squiddy20

      Hey hey! Richard found his username and password again for one of his many Disqus profiles! What happened Dick, did all of your other profiles get banned?

  • Beetlejuice

    great move! Googles AND Osterlohs’ dancing.

  • marcusmarcus2

    “Dance, Rick, dance”

    No. You stop that Rick. That is what got you canned from Lenovo.

  • Orion


  • John

    How well did Motorola turn out while he was there?

    • He took over after Lenovo bought them. He lead them through making a bunch of awesome products, even if it didn’t all sell well.


        awesome products that don’t sell well.

        every sinking company have such products
        or a little sinking division dedicated to such products (Glass, Nest, Pixel, Pixel C, that spherical something).

  • Anothermuse

    I know Lenovo is taking most of the heat for the mess that Moto is in now, but this guy was the CEO when the customer service crumbled completely, and he would have been the guy overseeing those hideous iPhone wanna be models we’re seeing leaks of right now. And he would have signed off on the screwing of the Verizon Moto X 2014 customers. Not sure I’d applaud just yet.

  • DanWazz


  • jbdan

    More good news for Nexus devices. Keep it coming

  • ConCal

    Pixel phone: Confirmed

  • cromo8

    Sweet he will be at the helm of the HTC Nexus Devices. Only good things can be coming

    • Curtis Bond

      I think they’re a little too far in development for him to make a significant contribution to this year’s Nexus devices. But NEXT year…whew boy.

  • LilSweetLin

    It was a logical place for him to end up, after the “death” of Moto. Let’s just see the type of influence he lends. You’re with the big boys now, Rick, not the wannabes. Don’t go soft (or cheap) with Nexus- especially where the battery life is concerned!

  • Curtis Bond

    I’m sure the folks on the Nest team will be happy to have him, considering how much they hate their current boss.

  • trixnkix637

    I thought he left Moto to become CEO of Dropbox? Man… These companies must not be doing so well with the hopping he keeps doing. Good for him and Google though.

    • Curtis Bond

      I believe you’re referring to Dennis Woodside. He was the Moto CEO when they were owned by Google, then he left to work with Dropbox.

      • trixnkix637

        Ahh! You’re right. Thank you!

  • Daeshaun

    I’m proud of ya, Rick.

  • Curtis Bond

    Welcome back home, Rickster…

  • Tim Massing

    The idea that a possible Moto Xus excites me.

    • The Bilderbergers


      • Bootleg Zani

        Yum indeed. Is that Jennifer Lawrence looking the bet she’s ever looked?

        • Tyler Durden

          the fappening

    • Jason B

      That was the Nexus 6, basically a blown up 2014 Moto X with stereo speakers, but without Moto’s features.

      • Tim Massing

        Which is what I’ve been using for the pass year and ½.

  • Tyler Durden
  • capncoad

    Moto fans: time to come to the Nexus side.

    • Cael

      For what the 2017 Nexus?

      • Aaron

        No, you don’t have to wait. It’s already better than Moto right now.

      • Jprime

        Or 2014…

      • Ismail Akram

        Moto 2015 was not great phone for already only thing for me positive about it was price. Otherwise all those moto features are less useful especially when I compare it to Nexus 6p. SD808, LCD display( it was good but not for moto display) and okay touch responsiveness made it less than ideal for me. I hope next Nexus keep AMOLED and stereoe cuz building seems to be where 2015 Nexus will be differ than 2016. Cuz HTC build is on next level also assuming Google handle all software and camera stuff so that is very assuring as 6p had one of the best camera and HTC 10 already have bit better sensor so if it get Google processing it will be even better.

    • pyro74boy .

      There are only two sides here Android vs iOS.

      • Eric R.

        No, it’s Samsung Vs Nexus Vs Apple vs Everyone else

        • Beetlejuice

          what about BB? jk jk jk I agree, this is exactly how I see the industry.

        • pyro74boy .

          Only from a fanboy’s perspective.

          The Real Enemy here is Apple and the only company who I actually can’t stand.

      • JRomeo

        the iPhone has pure iOS, and the Nexus has pure android………… all other android phones are based off of android, that’s why they’re called android-based.

        • Daistaar

          Don’t forget water is wet and poop smells.

        • pyro74boy .

          I’m very well aware of this.

    • TC Infantino

      I am a Moto fan, and the only thing that has kept me from the Nexii has been the big battery and the Moto software tweaks. If Android could fold those into the next Nexus, I am sold.

    • michael arazan

      My Last Moto is My Nexus 6 plan on using for at least 3 years till it can be matched again. 6 inch screen, 2.7 Ghz processor (still the most powerful to date) it is my grail device. As powerful as it is it should be supported for a long time.

  • Patrick Star


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Whatever happened to the Palm Pre boss?

  • Bob

    Hopefully he doesn’t wreck things and end up like Moto mobility these days.

    • Rashad

      Its a reason why he is no longer with Motorola/Lenovo. I believe it has way more to do with Lenovo than any of his doing. I believe things will be just fine with him overseeing the hardware division Google now has.

      • Ryan

        Yeah, I think he was over moto during their renaissance. If he was in charge during the beginning of the Moto X/Motomaker/Moto 360 push then its a good thing, probably just means he didn’t like what his overlords wanted to do once Lenovo bought them.

        • marcusmarcus2

          I think he was Senior Vice president of Products at Motorola during those things. So similar to the role he is taking on now at Google.

    • Tyler Durden
  • Jpx

    Hmm He’ll take lead over Nexus and Pixel… Please tell me the pixel phone is comig

  • MichaelFranz

    I’d say he landed in a pretty good stop. Now let’s see what he does in the next 2 years

  • Eric

    That gif is perfect. I’d certainly be happier at Google.

    • Ryan N

      So the premium materials that HTC is known for plus design guidance from Moto?… 2016 Nexus is shaping up nicely.

      • Nicholas

        More likely a 2017/2018 Nexus. I would think that the 2016 is likely further along than a point where his addition now would significantly impact designs.

        • T_Dizzle

          The hardware is probably done already, you’re right. Get the software right boys and girls.

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      • Tyler Durden

        Moto has good designs?

        • Nicholas

          I think they had a brief moment with the 2014/2015 Moto X phones, and early on with the OG Droid and even the Droid X. Then there are one-off things like the Moto 360 and maybe even the Moto Hint. But lately, I agree that their phones are pretty blah =

        • TC Infantino

          Well, it’s mostly subjective, but I really liked the designs of the Droids of the last three years. I like the rugged look, and the large batteries, and of course the almost stock software with just a few excellent Moto tweaks.

        • DainLaguna

          uh….are you kidding? have you read reviews on the 2014 and 2013 moto x? the hint? the moto 360? moto’s designs are fantastic. They were doing awesome screen to bezel ratios before they became a thing and they figured out front facing speakers not needing to take up half the device. Their aesthetic has always been lovely.

          • Tyler Durden

            Just seems…meh. Nexus 6 has huge bezels.

          • TriguyRN

            Smaller bezels then the s6 and s7 no? I always thought of them as very minimal, even while accommodating speakers.

          • Tyler Durden


          • MH

            The note 4 has smaller bezels, as does the note 5. The S6 and S7 also do.

  • Jpx

    “Former Motorola Boss, Rick Osterloh, Heads to Google to Oversee Nexus Program, Other Hardwawre” Hardware typo just fyi

    • Got it!

    • Daistaar

      Anfernee Hardwawre

  • Rashad

    I bet he is doing that dance from the gif. even more that he is back at Google and not having to worry about the sad state that is Motorola/Lenovo.

  • TypoCorrecto
    • karpodiem

      what’s this from? Google image search didn’t return a similar result.

      • TypoCorrecto


      • Tyler Durden

        One of his best films. Truly psychotic.