Claude Zellweger, a senior designer who recently worked on the HTC Vive, has announced his departure from HTC to join Google. Zellweger, who delivered the news via Twitter, will go on to support Google’s VR platform Daydream.

In a statement to The Verge regarding Zellweger’s departure, HTC said:

“HTC can confirm that Claude Zellweger has left the Company. We appreciate his considerable contribution to HTC, and wish him well in his future endeavors. HTC continues to invest in talent and recruitment as part of our broader strategy to ensure the continued strength and integrity of the Company’s organizational structure.”

Born in Switzerland, Zellweger joined HTC as a designer in 2008 and was involved with the design of the HTC One smartphone series, before his focus shifted from phones to VR in the last few years with the HTC Vive.

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Google, which now also has its own fully-fledged VR headset product, the Daydream View, may be looking to Zellweger for support with upcoming hardware, perhaps a second generation Daydream View.

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