Mobile user interface master Matias Duarte has left Palm and
evidently hired on at the most obvious of places: Google.
Duarte, who led development of Palm’s webOS UI as the
company’s senior director of human interface and user
experience, has jumped ship, Palm confirms. And while the
company refuses to tell me where he’s going, multiple sources
say it’s Google, where he’ll presumably be working on
Android, the company’s open-source platform for mobile
devices — noncompete clauses permitting, of course.
If true, Google may be serious about taking the ugly stick out of the Android development process. This is a seriously big hire.