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Google to make Taiwan its main hardware R&D hub outside US

Tech giant says island will be core location for its engineers

Google has been stepping up its investment and engagement in Taiwan in the past few years as the island becomes increasingly important to its hardware development.

TAIPEI -- Google on Wednesday pledged to expand its research and development team in Taiwan, making it the American tech giant's biggest hardware engineering hub outside the U.S., in a sign of the democratically ruled island's growing significance in the global supply chain.

Elmer Peng, vice president for hardware at Google Taiwan, told Nikkei Asia in an interview that most of Google's hardware products -- including Pixel smartphones, Nest smart speakers and other connected devices -- are built and developed in Taiwan.

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