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HTC's former lead designer joins Fitbit

Richard Lai, @richardlai
April 6, 2015
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If you've been following the news of HTC's former chief smartphone designer Jonah Becker, we finally have an update regarding his latest whereabouts. As of today, Becker is Fitbit's VP of Industrial Design -- a newly created position at the fitness tracking specialist, interestingly enough. This announcement comes just 11 days after Becker's departure from the Taiwanese mobile giant, who has since appointed Daniel Hundt as his successor, while Claude Zellweger continues to lead design efforts for the company's other connected products. Becker's predecessor, Scott Croyle, is currently VP Product and Design at Nextbit (and we're sensing a trend with company names here).

Becker should fit in well, as according to a statement from Fitbit, he had worked with fitness-related companies such as Adidas, Burton Snowboards, K2 Sports, Nike and The North Face back when he was still under One & Co., which was the design consultancy that he, Croyle and Zellweger lead before HTC's acquisition. And not to mention that Fitbit and HTC closely collaborated on integrating the former's app into the One M8 last year. If you happen to bump into Becker on the street later this year, do us a favor and take a peek at what's on his wrist; it could be Fitbit's next fitness wearable.

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