Google downsizes Area 120 incubator, lays off most employees

  • Google’s Area 120 incubator has been severely affected by the layoffs across Alphabet.
  • The unit now has fewer than 100 employees after the most recent round of cuts.
  • Area 120 is known as Google’s in-house incubator, which works on experimental apps and products.
  • Products include an HTML5-based platform that enables users to quickly load and play games on poor connections and basic smartphones.
  • Sundar Pichai established the division in 2016 to “encourage bottom-up innovation at Google.”
  • The division’s mission reads: “Area 120 teams work on new products, experiences, and services every day.”
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