Palm Hires User Interface Guru

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Palm, Inc. has hired Paul Mercer, a person many feel is is one of the best in the world at creating user interfaces for computers and mobile devices.

PalmAmong his other accomplishments, Mercer was the lead designer of Apple’s Mac OS 7. He also created the user interface for Samsung’s Z5 MP3 player.

“He’s the best of the best in this space,” Paul Saffo, an adviser to Samsung told the New York Times. “The guy has a knack for designing complex systems in ways that are accessible.”

Sprucing Up Ol’ Look and Feel

A few months ago, Palm signed a perpetual license agreement with Access Systems that will allow it to use as well as make changes to the Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS Garnet).

Presumably, Mercer will be part of the team developing future versions of this operating system, as well as the applications that are bundled with it. He will also likely work on the enhancements Palm adds to its Windows Mobile-based Treos.

His assistance will likely be critical for Palm in the future. In the wake of Apple’s announcement of the iPhone and its innovative user interface, companies are going to need to put more emphasis on the UIs of their smartphones if they expect to stay competitive.

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