Clues are already in plenty of abundance indicating Google is ready to make a big push into the virtual reality market. The latest news to drop related to Google’s efforts is the announcement that Amit Singh is moving over to the virtual reality team under Clay Bavor and will be a vice president of business and operations.
Singh has had a successful tenure at Google since joining the company after leaving Oracle. Singh has been working with Google Apps, and in particular the Google for Work platform, to turn it into a viable competitor to Microsoft Office. Singh was also a key player in Google enhancing their Cloud services to being a key business unit and he helped lead the conversion of the Chromebooks division into a solid business line.
In his new role under Bavor, Singh will be working with the team on developing Google’s new VR device along with the existing Cardboard device. The same team is also working on Google’s Jump 360 camera technology that is used for filming 3D content and their Tilt Brush application for painting and creating graphics in 3D.
Recently, Google hired Diane Greene to lead the company’s new cloud unit. This included Singh’s team, sales and operations for Google for Work. However, indications are this change did not prompt Singh to explore a move away to a new area. Instead, Google appears to see Singh as someone especially well-suited to taking new technologies and moving them into solidly performing business units.
Thrilled to be joining Google VR team to lead biz and ops. Incredibly proud of @googleforwork and where they are headed
— Amit Singh (@aksingh77) May 13, 2016