According to CNBC, Google is planning another campus in Silicon Valley, which will include a new center for some of its hardware products. According to CNBC, Google has been purchasing land in northern San Jose, California, spending more than $389 million on what preliminary plans show will include a research and development center.
The Midpoint campus will be situated between Google’s current Mountain View headquarters and its mixed-use campus in San Jose. Midpoint will have five office buildings connected by a pedestrian bridge, as well as three industrial buildings that will serve as a hub for its hardware division, including its Nest smart home products, according to planning documents. According to the documents, Google has been planning the Midpoint site since 2018, according to CNBC.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday, but given what executives have recently said, a campus with more space dedicated to hardware makes sense. Google’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh, has stated that the company is ready to begin capturing market share in the hardware space. According to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, who recently visited Mountain View for a look at the Pixel 6, Google’s flagship phone has a tiny market share when compared to Apple and Samsung.