Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, which is behind ambitious projects like modular phones and “smart fabric,” will remain with Google in the wake of the company’s reorganization as a subsidiary of a new company, Alphabet, the company has confirmed.

In addition, Google is keeping Project Fi, its effort to become a wireless carrier (technically a “virtual” wireless carrier) which just launched in the spring.

The holdovers are a little surprising since ATAP is often compared to Google X, which seeks out technological breakthroughs to solve big problems. ATAP has similar ambitions with devices, looking to make major — not incremental — improvements to existing technologies and, in the words of ATAP Vice President Regina Dugan, “do some epic shit.” Read more…

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Google, not Alphabet, is keeping some of its most ambitious projects