The two core executives in charge of the Pixel series of photography technology left Google a few months ago,media Outlet The Information reported. The two executives are Marc Levoy, a computer research engineer, and Mario Queiroz, a former Pixel general manager.
Queiroz left the Pixel team two months before the Pixel 4 was released. But citing The Information and his personal LinkedIn message, he joined Palo Alto Networks in January. According to Marc Levoy’s LinkedIn, he left Google in March.
In The Information’s report, it also details some of Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh’s criticism of the Pixel 4:
At a hardware team meeting before the Launch in New York last October, Osterloh informed employees of his concerns. He told employees that he disagreed with some of the high-level decisions about the phone, especially his disappointment with the Pixel 4’s battery power.
The Information report also mentioned that sales of the Pixel 4 were almost as good as previous models. In the first two quarters of the phone’s launch, Google shipped only about 2 million Pixel 4s, according to IDC. By contrast, Google apparently shipped 3.5 million Pixel 3 phones in the first two quarters of its opening, and the Pixel 3A shipped nearly 3 million units. In contrast, IDC said Apple sold 73.8 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2019.