Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are prime examples of what Google can do when it takes hardware seriously. Although we only have a preview, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro surely look promising. According to a new report from CNBC, Google is now reportedly looking to buy land in Silicon Valley to build a campus dedicated to hardware research and development.
Google began buying land in Silicon Valley in 2018. To date, the search engine giant has spent more than $ 389 million to acquire land for its new campus, what the report calls “Midpoint.” Since the acquisition, the company has filed detailed preliminary proposals outlining its land use plans.
According to drawings obtained by CNBC, there is a dedicated “R&D” hardware center in the new campus. According to plans, the new building will house the operations of Google’s hardware division, including Nest products and prototyping of future hardware products. The “Midpoint” building will be located between its current headquarters in Mountain View and its future campus in San Jose.
The report cites one “Midpoint” building in particular. It indicates that 20% of the building will be used for offices, while “80% for manufacturing, storage, distribution and other purposes, according to plans”. The prototyping site would be capable enough of having more than 170 people at a time.
Apart from these, the site would have 794 parking spaces, including space for more than 20 large trucks or semi-trailers, as well as several EV charging stations and a propane tank on site.
Seeing what Google can do with hardware, not only the Pixel 6 but also recent Google I / O announcements, it’s pretty exciting that Google is getting fully involved in the hardware ecosystem. What do you think of Google’s entry into the hardware space? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section below!