District 120Google’s internal incubator is responsible for products such as Cheque, surface, heap and threaded engagement, heavily impacted by broader layoffs at Google parent Alphabet. A spokesperson told TechCrunch via email that most of the Area 120 team has “disbanded” and that only three projects in the unit will graduate later this year and go into core Google product areas.
The spokesman would not say which specific programs are closing or graduating.Previously, District 120 was incubating pilot projects such as workplace video platforms threadingspectrum market Orion, Document Scanner Stack, and more. At any one time, it typically has about 20 projects active, although not all of them are public.
“Affected U.S. employees have been notified [of layoffs at Area 120]but in other countries the process will take longer and be subject to local laws and practices,” the spokesperson added. “Our Managing Partner at Area 120 Stay with the company. “
Area 120 was created by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in March 2016 with the goal of creating experimental apps and services that could later be incorporated into established profit drivers. Over the years, the division has launched several successful products including HTML5 game platform GameSnacks (now integrated with Google Chrome), AI-driven conversational advertising platform AdLingo (exit to Google Cloud) and the video platform Danyi and shopping circle (Sign out of Google Search and Shopping).
District 120 was restructured in 2021 and the organization moved into a new google lab A division led by Clay Bavor, it sits alongside Google’s other forward-looking efforts in augmented reality, virtual reality, and video conference. and then cut.Last September, Google Cancel half of the project in District 120 and significantly reduced the project’s staffing.
Area 120 has fewer than 100 employees after the previous round of layoffs, a source previously told TechCrunch. Google declined to confirm the figure.