By consolidating the teams under Platforms & Devices, Google aims to enhance product and user experiences, while also bolstering the Android and Chrome ecosystems, and expediting the delivery of top-notch innovations to partners


Google to combine DSPA and P&E to create a new product area dubbed Platforms & Devices. (Credit: Sikander/Wikimedia Commons)

Google has revealed its plans to combine the company’s device, software, and platforms architecture (DSPA) and platforms and ecosystems (P&E) teams to create a new product area (PA) dubbed Platforms & Devices.

The technology major’s move was announced by its CEO Sundar Pichai as part of the structural changes to enhance velocity and execution across the company.

Google also aims to shift its Google Research teams specialising in computational photography and on-device intelligence to the new organisation.

This move aims to bring deep artificial intelligence (AI) expertise across platforms and devices.

Through the unification of the teams across Platforms & Devices, Google intends to offer higher quality products and experiences for users and partners.

It is also expected to boost the Android and Chrome ecosystems and deliver the best innovations to partners rapidly.

The American company also plans to consolidate the teams that focus on developing models across Research and Google DeepMind.

Pichai said: “These changes continue the work we’ve done over the past year to simplify our structure and improve velocity and execution — such as bringing together the Brain team in Google Research with teams in DeepMind, which helped accelerate our Gemini models; unifying our ML infrastructure and ML developer teams to enable faster decisions, smarter compute allocation, and a better customer experience; and bringing our Search teams under one leader.”

Platforms & Devices will be overseen by Google devices and services senior vice president Rick Osterloh.

In February this year, Google agreed to a settlement to pay $350m in response to a lawsuit filed by shareholders concerning a security bug discovered on the now-defunct Google+ social media platform.