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Google Scoops Up Pebble, WebOS, Essential-Alumni To Head Up Home

Google has made a major addition to the team behind its Google Home ecosystem, recruiting former-Pebble and WebOS designer Liron Damir to improve the user experience for its Google Home product range.

Damir announced the move himself over LinkedIn, “definitely took the scenic route, but super excited and proud to be joining Google today to lead the design of Google Home products. The teams are doing some freaking amazing job in light-speed pace, and I feel super lucky to be able to be a part of it. Stay tuned :)”

Google has since confirmed the appointment but not commented on it directly.

At its developer conference in May, Google indicated that it would be investigation more complex on-screen interfaces in an effort to more closely integrate the two products. It’s expected that this is the area where Damir will be the most involved.

His past roles have seen him involved in designing intuitive user interfaces for the Pebble smartwatch, WebOS and Essential’s own smartphone and smart home products.

The move comes at an interesting time for Google. While the company has invested greatly in both Google Home and Chromecast in recent years, launching the former into the Australian market earlier this month, the two products are still somewhat light when it comes to user interfaces.

However, the move also comes at an equally interesting time for Essential – whom Damir is only the high-level executive to depart from.

The company, headed up by Android creator Andy Rubin, debuted its first flagship smartphone in May but has since missed its initial release window and seen the departure of several high-level executives.

 

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