Foster will lead Google's renewed smartphone efforts as VP of product engineering, according to The Information, starting in the position this week.
Foster will report to Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola executive who now leads Google's hardware initiatives. The position hadn't previously been filled.
Google is expected to unveil its Pixel smartphones at a media event on Tuesday in San Francisco, Calif. The Information reported Foster will lead their future development, suggesting expanded hardware efforts.
Foster was responsible for running Lab126 -- Amazon's hardware lab for the Echo, Fire TV, and more.
We have reached out to Google to learn more about Foster's role.
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