Head Android designer Matias Duarte talks Android Wear and the death of mobile
1. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Remember folks.....Duarte was one of the main folks working on WebOS... Its no coincidence that since he started working for Google...Android has gotten sooo much better.
3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2016; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Better? ,, webOS had potential .. Too bad it didn't made it
8. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Are you questioning Android getting better over the years? Because it has...and when Duarte came on board is when Android went thru its radical change....starting with Honeycomb.
WebOS downfall wasnt the software...but the hardware....and lack of vision from Palm. If BB keep going the way they are...they will be next.
4. johnbftl (Posts: 239; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
Michael, it should be noted that Duarte actually started with Honeycomb. Although it was only for tablets, things like the recent apps tiles started there along with a few other of his designs.
10. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea...many forget this....I guess since HC was only for tablets. And got quickly replaced by ICS which was universal for all devices.
11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Duarte was brought in while Honeycomb was already in development, so his influence was limited on it. You can certainly still see his influence, but I tend to start with ICS both because it was the version where he was there from the start, and because Honeycomb is little more than an asterisk in Android history. It was never released to open source, and only existed for a short time before it was superseded. So, I have no problem starting the story with ICS.
5. Taters (Posts: 3742; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
I am not sure why Duarte even gives The Verge the time of day. They are the biggest Apple loving site in the history of the internet. He should talk more with other websites.
14. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
If you follow The Verge then you should know that Joshua is a pro Android guy, especially Nexus 5. He uses Sony Z1 as a daily driver. Nilay Patel is totaly another story, pure Apple fanatic... There is no Android hate over there, maybe some Samsung hate thou :)
6. esperanza (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)
Is he a UXI designer/developer or a product designer? Both?
7. Commentator (Posts: 2641; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
He's Android's main UX designer, but from interviews he's given before it seems he also has a strong say in how Nexus devices are designed.
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Both. He was involved with the design of the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10, not to mention the Nexus charging orb, which was basically his old Palm Touchstone design repurposed.
13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Why does everyone hate Joshua topolsky
15. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
Because he's got his own opinion and this is internet...
16. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 814; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Duarte was the genius behind webOS. Jon Rubinstein was the genius behind Palm. When both left it was clear that Palm couldn't survive. It's no coincidence that Jelly Bean's UX is so reminiscent of webOS. If only there was proper hardware to put into, the Pre could have really dashed the iPhone's surge in 2009. Kind of like having a twin-turbo 5.0 and putting it in a Pinto.