Google Hires Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh as SVP for New Unified Hardware Division

Mark Bergen and Ina Fried, Recode:

For years, Google has struggled to get sure footing on its various hardware initiatives — moving delicately to handle partners and, at times, deliver products that consumers actually use. When one of its hardware chiefs, Regina Dugan, who ran its Advanced Technology and Project group, departed for Facebook, we reported that Google was plotting a hardware shake-up.

Here it is now. Osterloh will now oversee Google’s Nexus devices. His new hardware division also includes a suite of products called the “living room,” demonstrating Google’s priority on owning that space.

It also includes Glass. Nest will continue to live in its own little silo, working on products that directly compete with Google’s.