Another webOS Architect Jumps Ship

Palm has lost yet another key webOS engineer in the aftermath of the HP deal. Rich Dellinger, who had the role of user interface design architect, was apparently the brains behind webOS's highly praised unobtrusive notification system.

Mr. Dellinger is now back at his former employer Apple, where he will take on a similar role as a senior UI designer. His departure comes after two other high profile "webOS architects" departed for other ventures in the valley.

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jca666us @ 6/9/2010 5:37:06 PM # Q
iOS4 beats most aspects of the pre into the ground - one notable exception is webos's notification system.

Definitely looking forward to iOS5

One reason developers are leaving in the aftermath of the HP deal is due to how HP tends to treat the workers of these merged companies.

RE: interesting....
CFreymarc @ 6/11/2010 6:30:22 PM # Q
My take is that the webOS user interface is fine as it is for a while and hot shot UI guys are not desired by HP's management. My view is they are looking at webOS as more an embedded OS than something that is UI centric.

Thus, they will have someone do maintenance coding on it as it goes into different hardware such as printers, scanners and even other peripherals that are becoming more and more powerful.

I don't see a big UI device such as a tablet or a smart-phone running webOS under the HP name for a good while. I believe the unsung heroes of software, device driver and kernel guys, are going to have a lot of work at the HP owned Palm in the next year.

RE: interesting....
e_tellurian @ 6/11/2010 8:57:48 PM # M Q
HP bought Palm. Palm was/is a smartphone contender. The reality is HP can do whatever they want with Palm. i wonder if HP had said they would put Palm into printers if the outcome would be the same?


RE: interesting....
nastebu @ 6/13/2010 10:31:59 PM # Q
I would think if they are going to put WebOS into a bunch of different devices--each with a different function and so a different relationship to the user--that they absolutely need people who can design excellent UIs.
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Apple is probably poaching

Tuckermaclain @ 6/13/2010 8:36:17 PM # Q
Apple is likely trying to nip this platform in the bud. Poaching some of the key talent is a good way to start.
RE: Apple is probably poaching
e_tellurian @ 6/13/2010 11:09:44 PM # M Q
Palm is in a printer. Not much for smartphone developers to do do at HP.


RE: Apple is probably poaching
jca666us @ 6/14/2010 4:44:46 AM # Q
Tucker, the webos architect who jumped to Apple was a former Apple employee.

Poaching probably wasn't involved in this incident.

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