Matias Duarte: Pure Google [The Competition] 30
As you may recall, in May Palm lost their VP of Human Interface and User Experience, Matías Duarte, to Google. Looks like we're seeing the first fruits of his design labors on Android with the official announcement of Gingerbread, aka Android 2.3. The tweaks to the Android interface are fairly minimal - "making the experience clean, pure, and polished." Also minimal are the spec increases on Gingerbread's flagship device, the Nexus S, but it does look like he had a part in the design of the Nexus S - "We met with every aspect of their industrial design team."
Still, it's been awhile since we've seen good old Matías. While the video above isn't technically schadenfreude, it's in that same ballpark. Anybody feel that Gingerbread brings Android up to the level of webOS' user interface polish?
Source: Android Central