Erick Tseng, a senior product manager on Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has left for Facebook. He’ll be its new head of mobile products.
Android is managing to gain significant market traction on its own. It’s an alternative OS to the iPhone and other smartphone rivals that any manufacturer or carrier can use for free, and modify as they want. But Facebook’s mobile products are also booming. More than 100 million of the company’s 400 million officially-announced monthly active users (the actual number is likely more like 500 million) are using at least one of its mobile products.
Facebook mobile apps for the iPhone, Blackberry, and other devices are widely popular, and many carriers and manufacturers around the world have been integrating Facebook components (like SMS status updates) into their own systems; Apple itself looks to join its many rivals on this front with the launch of the iPhone OS 4.0. See our analysis of Facebook’s mobile efforts in our Inside Facebook Gold report for more.
Tseng has, among other jobs, held product management roles at Microsoft and Yahoo. He’s been at Google nearly four years. He most recently has focused on Google’s self-branded Android phone, the Nexus One.
His tweeted announcement about the new job, from yesterday:
About to begin a new, exciting chapter in my life. Heading to #Facebook on Monday to help innovate at the intersect of mobile and social
The official statement from Facebook:
We can confirm that Erick Tseng is joining Facebook as the head of mobile products. Erick has a long track record of building engaging experiences for people on mobile devices. We are thrilled to have Erick join us as Facebook continues to help build products and features that enable people to share and connect at anytime, from anywhere.[Image via The Sydney Morning Herald.]