Google settles in Taiwan for largest hardware development center in Asia

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This is the fifth year since Google first opened its office in Taipei 101. A new Google office is inaugurated at the Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (T-Park) in New Taipei City, a roughly 20 minutes drive from Taipei 101.

It is currently the only hardware development center outside the US. 

Google completed the acquisition of HTC for US $1.1 billion in 2018, including a part of its smartphone design division, making Taiwan the tech giant’s largest engineering hub in Asia.

There were over 2,000 employees in Taiwan in 2019 and now it is ten folds after landing on the island for five years, with offices spanning across six cities.


Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware at T-Park Google Office opening. Source: TechOrange.

Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware, said Taiwan is packed with great talents in hardware and software engineering which had contributed substantially to Google, especially various experiences in the OEM.

The smartphone team of HTC had successfully created Pixel 3a, Pixel XL and Pixel 4a with satisfying customer feedbacks, he said.

Google is planning to open another office in the area in 2023.

Google increase recruitment for next-generation talents

Google Vice President of Hardware Elmer Peng (彭昱鈞) said the Taiwan division of Google had either been highly involved or stood a leading position in product hardware and software developments, such as Pixel phones, Nest, Chromebook, wearable devices and Chromecast. Google hopes to deepen its root on the island and welcomes more talents worldwide to join.

Google also announced recruitment for new-gen tech talents, apart from available internship positions for hardware and software engineering, the data-center, sales and marketing, they will further recruit manufacture engineering, Google Cloud service and technical project management internships, providing more opportunities for students that are interested to explore the tech industry.


Original text from TechOrange科技報橘 by Sisley Lan.

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