Google's Vic Gundotra Departing Immediately
Google executive Vic Gundotra today announced his departure from the company after working there for more than eight years. Gundotra played a major role in developing some of Google's mobile applications and helped conceive and build Google+, Google's social network. In a blog post on Google+, Gundotra said, "I'm forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. They are invincible dreamers." Gundotra also publicly thanked Google CEO Larry Page. Gundotra said he is moving on to new things, but didn't reveal them. Gundotra's successor at the head of Google+ has not yet been named. Google didn't announce any changes to the staffing in its Android and Chrome units, which are led by Sundar Pichai.
Google Rebrands 'Android Wear' as 'Wear OS by Google'
Google today said it is getting rid of the Android Wear brand that has been a part of its smartwatch strategy for years. Moving forward, Google's platform for wearable devices will be called Wear OS by Google.
Google Folds Google Wallet and Android Pay Into Google Pay
Google today took steps to simplify its mobile and online payment products by combining them into a single service called Google Pay. Moving forward, Google Pay will encompass the features of Google Wallet and Android Pay.
Sundar Pichai to Be CEO of Google as Brin and Page Reorganize
Google today announced sweeping changes to the structure of the company that sees Google Inc. becoming part of a larger company called Alphabet.
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Chairman, to Take Advisory Role
Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt this week said he plans to step down from his leadership role on the company's board and will instead serve as a technical advisor to the company. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition.