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Tech Giant Google Tells Hardware Workers to Find New Roles

Google's first Pixel device, the Chromebook Pixel laptop, was announced in 2013

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Raising questions over its future plans in the hardware business, Google has reportedly told several employees in its laptop and tablet division to find other roles at the company.

According to the Business Insider, the move is aimed at trimming Google’s “Create” division which manufactures the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet, among other products.

Other hardware teams at Google develop Pixel smartphones, “Home” smart speakers and Wearables.

“According to one source, the Create hardware team had a abunch of stuff in the works’ and that the cutting the number of hardware engineers and programme managers on the team will likely apare down the portfolio’ of products,” the report said on Wednesday.

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The affected workers have been told to seek temporary roles within other Google or Alphabet teams.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the development.

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Google Pixelbook is a “Chromebook”, running on Google’s Chrome OS software and is only capable of using Internet-based applications.

Google’s first Pixel device, the Chromebook Pixel laptop, was announced in 2013. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Revamps Search Design for Mobile Users

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google has revamped Search with a redesign that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for.

“The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the result card to help anchor each result so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next,” Jamie Leach, Senior Interaction Designer, Search, Google wrote in blog-post on Wednesday.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

Now when users search for a product or service and Google displays an important advertisement, a highlighted ad label would show on top of the card alongside the web address.

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“This new design allows us to add more action buttons and helpful previews to search result cards, all while giving you a better sense of the web page’s content with clear attribution back to the source,” Leach said.

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days. (IANS)