Matías Duarte

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Matías Duarte
Born Matías Gonzalo Duarte Sunkel
Talca, Chile[1]
Occupation Vice President of Design at Google

Matías Duarte (born December 7, 1973) is a Chilean computer interface designer and Google's Vice President of Design. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Android User Experience. Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" was the first release with major elements of his design influence.

Prior to moving to Google to work on Android, Duarte had similar roles in Palm’s webOS,[2] the Helio Ocean[3] and the Danger Hiptop (T-Mobile Sidekick).[4]


Duarte started his career at Psycroft where he cowrote xBill with Brian Wellington. He left Psycroft in 1996 at which time he moved to Hyper Image Productions where he was the lead designer on the Phase Zero, an unreleased shooter game for the Atari Jaguar. In 1997 he left Hyper Image Productions and moved to MagicArts where he filled the role of Vice President of Design until 1999. In March 2000 Duarte took a role at Danger as the Director of Design where his team won the 2002 Wired 'Industrial Designer' Rave Award[5] for their work in designing the Hiptop/SideKick. In August 2005 he took up a role at Helio, as Vice President Experience Design and left shortly before the company was acquired by Virgin Mobile. In September 2007 Duarte was hired as the Vice President at Palm, Inc. to lead development of Palm’s webOS Human Interface and User Experience and introduced the design of webOS at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. In May 2010 Duarte was hired by Google as Director for the Android User Experience working on the interface and design for Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb).[6]


  • 2002 Wired Rave Award, Industrial Designer of the Year "to Matias Duarte [sic], Joe Palmer, and Andy Johnston for their work in designing Danger's hiptop communications device."[7]


Duarte earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of Maryland Department of Computer Science in College Park (1992–1996). He took on additional concentrations of study in Fine Art and Art History, and managed the Student Art Gallery from 1993 to 1996 at the University of Maryland.

Personal life[edit]

Duarte had a daughter in June 2008.[8]


Duarte is listed as inventor of the following patents.

Mobile phones[edit]

  1. U.S. Patent D610,107 - Handheld Communication Device
  2. U.S. Patent 7,742,783 - Symmetric Softkeys On A Mobile Electronic Device
  3. U.S. Patent D606,060 - Keypad
  4. U.S. Patent D618,193 - Handheld Communication Device
  5. U.S. Patent D571,800 - Mobile Communication Device
  6. U.S. Patent D580,949 - User Interface For A Mobile Electronic Device
  7. U.S. Patent 6,836,404 - Handheld Display And Keyboard

Computer or data processors[edit]

  1. U.S. Patent 7,817,173 - Adjustable display for a data processing apparatus
  2. U.S. Patent 7,733,331 - Support And Adjustment Apparatus For A Data Processing Device Display
  3. U.S. Patent 7,808,477 - Scroll Disc Input Apparatus For A Data Processing Device
  4. U.S. Patent 7,221,559 - Multipurpose Bumper System For A Data Processing Apparatus
  5. U.S. Patent 7,262,761 - User Interface For Detecting A Data Entry Mode
  6. U.S. Patent D506,753 - Adjustable Data Processing Device
  7. U.S. Patent 7,280,346 - Adjustable Display For A Data Processing Apparatus
  8. U.S. Patent 7,636,748 - Display Configurations For A Data Processing Device
  9. U.S. Patent 7,187,364 - Data Processing Device Having Multiple Adjustable Display And Keyboard
  10. U.S. Patent 7,071,916 - User Input Configurations For A Data Processing Device
  11. U.S. Patent 6,836,404 - Handheld Display And Keyboard
  12. U.S. Patent 6,829,139 - Adjustable Data Processing Display
  13. U.S. Patent D484,503 - Adjustable Data Processing Device
  14. U.S. Patent 7,093,201 - Loop Menu Navigation Apparatus And Method
  15. U.S. Patent 6,907,575 - Method Of Scrolling A Display Window
  16. U.S. Patent 6,608,271 - Method Of Dynamically Lighting Keyboard Glyphs
  17. U.S. Patent 7,278,108 - System And Method Of Displaying Multiple Pending Notifications In A Single Window
  18. U.S. Patent 6,636,419 - Handheld Display And Keyboard
  19. U.S. Patent 7,224,373 - Adjustable Data Processing Display

Sound or musical equipment[edit]

  1. U.S. Patent D566,687 - Earbud For A Stereo Headset
  2. U.S. Patent D570,823 - Y-Connector For A Stereo Headset


  1. U.S. Patent 7,091,957 - Directional Pad Having Integrated Acoustic System And Lighting System

Patent applications[edit]

  1. US Patent Search: 12,505,543 - User Interface For Initiating Activities In An Electronic Device
  2. US Patent Search: 12,472,551 - Access And Management Of Cross-Platform Calendars
  3. US Patent Search: 12,463,145 - Secondary Key Group Layout For Keyboard
  4. US Patent Search: 12,422,871 - System And Method For Providing Content To A Mobile Device
  5. US Patent Search: 12,417,871 - Preventing Unintentional Activation And/Or Input In An Electronic Device
  6. US Patent Search: 12,416,279 - Card Metaphor For Activities In A Computing Device
  7. US Patent Search: 12,404,869 - History Based Search Service Operable With Multiple Applications And Services
  8. US Patent Search: 12,402,386 - System And Method For Providing Content To A Mobile Device
  9. US Patent Search: 12,397,319 - Multi-Function Status Indicator For Content Receipt By A Mobile Computing Device
  10. US Patent Search: 12,347,827 - Integrated Mixed Transport Messaging System
  11. US Patent Search: 12,347,873 - Computing Device And Method For Selecting Display Regions
  12. US Patent Search: 12,341,514 - Enhanced Visual Feedback For Touch-Sensitive Input Device
  13. US Patent Search: 12,341,497 - Touch-Sensitive Display Screen With Absolute And Relative Input Modes
  14. US Patent Search: 12,324,678 - System And Method For Providing Advertisement Data Or Other Content
  15. US Patent Search: 12,324,694 - System And Method For Providing Advertisement Data To A Mobile Computing Device
  16. US Patent Search: 12,200,782 - Notifying A User Of Events In A Computing Device
  17. US Patent Search: 12,128,486 - Structured Displaying Of Visual Elements
  18. US Patent Search: 12,126,145 - Navigating Among Activities In A Computing Device
  19. US Patent Search: 12,115,992 - Extended Touch-Sensitive Control Area For Electronic Device
  20. US Patent Search: 12,055,635 - Rapid Content Association Methods
  21. US Patent Search: 11,977,069 - Modeless Electronic Systems, Methods, And Devices
  22. US Patent Search: 11,975,838 - Integrated Messaging, Contacts, And Mail Interface, Systems And Methods
  23. US Patent Search: 11,903,766 - Multipurpose Data Input/Output And Display Configurations For A Data
  24. US Patent Search: 11,796,359 - Shared Symbol And Emoticon Key And Methods
  25. US Patent Search: 11,724,996 - System And Method For Navigating Displayed Content
  26. US Patent Search: 11,702,736 - Systems And Methods For A Graceful Push Handling User Interface
  27. US Patent Search: 11,520,335 - Softkey Access To Network Connections
  28. US Patent Search: 10,718,739 - User Input Configurations For A Data Processing Device
  29. US Patent Search: 10,718,743 - Multipurpose Data Input/Output And Display Configurations For A Data
  30. US Patent Search: 10,232,127 - Sliding Display Apparatus


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