Google has poached one of Apple's key product gurus to work on a top secret project, VentureBeat reports.
Simon Prakash may not be as recognisable a name as Tim Cook or Jonathan Ive, but he's a big deal. He worked at Apple for eight years and was most recently senior director of product integrity, responsible for quality control across the whole range. No small fry, especially seeing as Apple has very few people working across more than one division. It's also mighty interesting considering Apple and Google's alleged 'no poach' deal, currently being investigated by the Department of Justice. Hmm.
The alleged deal allegedly involved both companies conspiring to not poach each other's employees. It also allegedly involves Pixar, Lucasfilm, Intel and Intuit. Allegedly.
So what could Prakash's top secret Google project be? Considering his product background, it's bound to be some new hardware. Google's upcoming tablet, perhaps? Just before Christmas Google boss Eric Schmidt revealed it would release a tablet in the next six months, so maybe Prakash will help put the finishing touches to it. Or start work on a second incarnation. And considering Google has acquired Motorola, we could see some more top-notch Moto gear coming our way.
Google may well need all the help it can get on its tablet. There's certainly no shortage of competition out there, with Amazon reportedly already having a second-generation Kindle Fire in the works. And that's before we've even seen the first one hit these shores. Or the Kindle Touch, for that matter.
Whatever he'll be working on, expect to see more hardware coming out of Google's labs soon. That has to be good news for us gadget fans.