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Google scored a coup by hiring away Duarte from Palm to improve the user experience for smartphones, tablets and other devices based on Google’s Android operating system.

Google hires WebOS user interface director Matias Duarte from Palm to improve the user experience for the Android operating system. Google confirmed the hire, telling eWEEK Duarte is now the user experience director for Android, but declined to provide more information.

This is a big deal for Google, which has struggled to match the intuitive user experience of Apple’s popular iPhone even as it has pumped out new versions of its operating system with great speed.

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