The man who built Apple’s iPod is now running Google’s hardware future

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Google’s acquisition of Nest wasn’t finalized all that long ago, but it seems that CEO Tony Fadell is already making his way into Mountain View’s highest ranks. A new piece from The Information claims that Fadell — Nest’s founder and a former Apple executive who oversaw development of the iPod — now “owns” Google’s consumer hardware division. Sundar Pichai reportedly “dismantled almost all of the Android team’s hardware initiatives” to lend Fadell more creative freedom with Google’s future products and overall hardware roadmap. Still, it’s not exactly clear how much there was for Pichai to “dismantle” in the first place.

Google itself doesn’t produce much consumer hardware. Other manufacturers build its Nexus smartphones and tablets,…

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