Pebble scoops up former webOS minds to improve the UX, design

Pebble watch

Palm’s webOS could easily find its way in the “most missed platforms of all times” hall of fame. It was a fancy looking mobile OS with gesture support, nice and original icons, and so on. Alas, Palm and later HP never knew what to do with it. At the moment, LG is hoping to cram it in its future smart TVs and it remains to be seen whether Koreans will be able to benefit from the webOS legacy.

Meanwhile, we have Pebble scooping up two of the folks who played an important role in the webOS development. Both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir moved from HP to LG after the Korean company both the webOS assets, and now they’re about to use their expertise to bring us a better Pebble watch.

According to PocketNow, Vonshak will lead the Pebble Product and UX group, while Damir takes the reins as Pebble’s Head of Design.

Now, we have no doubts that these two know what they’re doing, but… Pebble needs much more than great design to compete with Google’s Android Wear, Samsung’s Tizen and the upcoming Apple iWatch. For one thing, I think they are best off opening their platform and allow third parties to make Pebble OS devices. This way they would effectively pivot their business model and turn from a watch to a platform maker. Again — as I said in a separate post — I think that’s the better way for Pebble…

  • PeterSteinbeck

    I agree – Pebble should become a platform make. But who’s asking me? :)

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