According to reports in Taiwanese local media, Google will build a new research and development center in Taiwan to expand its business in this market, making it an innovation engineer center to support the company's hardware development strategy.
Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for device and service department, said that the R&D center will be established in T-Park telecom industrial park of New Taipei City and it is expected to complete construction by the end of 2020. The new R&D center will accommodate Google's all R&D and engineering technicians in Taiwan; moreover, it has enough space to double employee number in Taiwan.
It is said that Google's existing R&D center in Taiwan is already the company's largest R&D center in Asia Pacific. Osterloh revealed that the existing R&D center plans to hire hundreds of new employees in 2019. He also said that Google's R&D team in Taiwan has completed the development of a series of hardware products, including Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagship phones and wireless charging device.
Information from industry watchers shows that T-Park has become a test site for 5G and autopilot technologies and applications developed by Far Eastern Telecom and other companies. Google may also use the park to develop related 5G, VR, AR and Internet of Things products.