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TechnologyGoogle is reportedly cutting back on hardware, moving some workers to new jobs

15:36  14 march  2019
15:36  14 march  2019 Source:

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The temporary workers and the jobs went back to India. Accountants at New York Life were among the first scheduled for layoffs that started in May, under a contract with Accenture. Some workers were not as dismayed, saying the company was offering generous severance packages.

Most of the job cuts are targeting Amazon’s consumer retail businesses. Amazon acknowledged the cuts in a statement to The Seattle Times, saying they are Some employees have already been told that their position is being eliminated while others will learn of the layoffs in the coming weeks.

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Is the hardware honeymoon over at Google? That’s certainly one interpretation of reports that have emerged from within the company suggesting Google seems to be trimming its product portfolio, or is about to. This despite the fact that the tech giant has enjoyed some degree of hardware success thanks to products like its Pixel smartphones and smart speakers that compete against Amazon’s dominance in that market.

Nevertheless, Google has begun reassigning employees away from is tablet and laptop division. Business Insider cites “several people familiar with the matter” in a piece noting that dozens of Google hardware and technical program managers have been told to find new jobs with the company.

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The job cuts amount to more than 6 percent of Microsoft’s global work force. Combined with 18,000 job cuts last year, most of them also related to the Since he took over, Mr. Nadella has increased the development of apps and services for Google ’s Android and Apple’s iOS devices, many of which

Those engineers work in Google’s “Create” unit that’s responsible for products like its Pixelbook laptop. There are a few different but related explanations given for the personnel shifts, with one source confirming Google had “a bunch of stuff in the works” before the decision to move employees away from the unit was made. Another source told BI the decision was a result of “roadmap cutbacks.”

If true, it’s certainly a dramatic about-face for a company whose hardware head — Rick Osterloh, hired from Motorola back in 2016 — said at the time that the company would be in the hardware business for the long term. Indeed, products like the Google Home speakers quickly seemed to be on an upswing and holding their own in the face of daunting competition from the likes of Amazon and its Alexa-powered speakers.

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Some people work two jobs out of choice, like a full-time web developer who also moonlights as a coding instructor to help the community. Working as a freelancer means you complete tasks for multiple clients or employers, some of which are overflow from the workload of their in-house staff.

In some sectors half the jobs could go. The report predicted that automation would boost productivity and create fresh job opportunities, but it Education and health and social care were the two sectors seen as least threatened by robots because of the high proportion of tasks seen as hard to automate.

To be clear, the employee-shifting that’s been reported seems to be concentrated for now within Google’s tablet and laptop teams. There’s been no word yet of similarly reassigning workers out of other hardware areas such as those that are responsible for Google’s Pixel smartphone line or its wearable devices. That could be still to come, to be sure, with this first move serving as a precursor, but count us skeptical of that possibility.

We don’t have a precise count of how many Googlers are being reassigned within the company as a result of this move, nor a hard-and-fast signal on what this means for Google’s overall hardware ambitions. But it does seem to be a less-than-rosy sign.

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