Palm has gone through quite a bit over the last few months: rumors of demise, rumors of a sale, and its very own CEO telling employees they’ll be fine even if the company has to go it alone. Next thing you know, HP acquires Palm and some employees jump ship. Most recently, Matias Duarte, Palm’s webOS design master, has left the company for greener pastures: Google. Duarte will now be the User Experience Director for Android, bringing all his expertise from making webOS a great platform over to the fastest growing and evolving OS right now.
This is sad news for Palm, but great for Google and Android users. Duarte will be reunited with Andy Rubin, the mastermind behind Android, since they both worked together on the Sidekick platform in the past. Meanwhile, we’re hoping this doesn’t affect HP’s efforts in getting a decent version of webOS working on its future tablets and netbooks.