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Former Head of Qualcomm’s XR Division Joins Google to Guide XR Strategy

Hugo Swart, earlier head of Qualcomm’s XR division, introduced he’s joined Google the place he’ll lead the corporate’s XR Ecosystem Technique and Expertise efforts.

Swart shared the information in a LinkedIn replace, noting the transfer occurred just a few months in the past:

Completely satisfied to share that I joined Google couple months in the past and am answerable for XR Ecosystem Technique and Expertise. Tremendous excited to proceed the XR journey and dealing with you all – nice issues forward! Thanks Shahram Izadi for the chance! Trying ahead to AWE this week!!

As Normal Supervisor and Vice President of XR at Qualcomm, Swart was a driving drive behind the corporate’s Snapdragon XR sequence of chipsets, which at present energy nearly all of standalone headsets available on the market, together with all of Meta’s Quest headsets to this point.

Hugo Swart introduces Snapdragon XR | Courtesy Qualcomm

Following Swart’s departure from Qualcomm in February, Alex Katouzian, Group GM of the Cellular, XR, and Compute Enterprise Unit is at present overseeing XR at Qualcomm.

Swart is becoming a member of Google at a pivotal second in XR, as the corporate lately introduced a strategic expertise partnership with Magic Leap, which is seen as an effort to maintain up with Meta, Apple, and others in a race to manage the burgeoning AR headset market.

This follows a notable setback final yr when Google reportedly shelved its Mission Iris AR glasses following mass restructuring throughout the firm, which included layoffs, reshuffles, and the departure of Clay Bavor, Google’s then-head of AR and VR.

In the meantime, Google is creating a brand new Android-based platform for Samsung’s upcoming XR headset introduced again in February 2023, which is ready to be powered by Qualcomm silicon. Google can also be rumored to be creating a “Micro XR” platform for XR glasses, which is claimed to make use of a prototyping platform internally generally known as “Betty.”

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