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New Palm UI coming courtesy of Matias Duarte

The Palm OS user interface…pretty straight forward but more or less the same since around the beginning of time (for Palm, anyway).

User interface designer Matias Duarte, the man behind the look and feel of both Sidekick and Helio devices, left Helio late last year along with his design team and headed for Palm where they have been working on the user interface for Palm’s next OS.

The next Palm OS isn’t expected until early 2009 and that’s not a whole lot of time for Duarte and team to make things ready to compete against the likes of the iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC TouchFLO and Google Android interfaces not to mention the hardware that runs them.

Maybe the best way to compete with players like those is no to–stick to the lower-end of the market and make touchscreen handsets that target $199 or less but still offer some of the features the higher-end devices have. In other words, stick with Centro’s but throw in a new form factor, new look and new feature or two.

We’ll see, I guess.

[Via Engadget]