Key Google Pixel team members Marc Levoy and Mario Queiroz are out at Google. The departures, first reported by the Information, are confirmed on the pages of the previous Distinguished Engineer and Pixel head.
Both members were key players on Google’s smartphone hardware team before exiting earlier this year. Levoy was a key member of the Pixel imaging team, with an expertise in computational photography that helped make the smartphone’s camera among the simplest in school . Queiroz was the amount two on the Pixel team.
The exits come because the software giant has struggled to differentiate itself during a crowded smartphone field. The Android-maker has so far been unable to rob much market share from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.
The Information report sheds some additional light on disquiet among the Pixel leadership. Hardware head Rick Osterloh reportedly voiced some harsh criticism during an all-hands late last year. It certainly seems possible the corporate saw fit shake things up a touch , though Google declined TechCrunch’s request for comment.
Breaking into the smartphone market has been a beluga for the corporate for a few time. Google has explored the space through its Nexus partnerships, along side its short-lived Motorola Mobility acquisition (2012-2014). The Pixel is possibly the foremost successful of those projects, but Google’s struggles have coincided with an overall flattening of the market.
The company did find some success with last year’s budget Pixel 3A. The followup Pixel 4A was rumored for a late May launch, . Google Pixel team members Marc Levoy and Mario Queiroz are out at Google