Google has hired a senior executive from Apple to beef up the proceedings of an ongoing secret project, according to new reports.
This is one of those rare occasions when the search giant has been able to persuade a top Apple executive to join the company. Experts are of the opinion that this new recruit could eventually emerge as a sign of the "no poaching" agreement in place between the two tech heavyweights coming to an end.
Simon Prakash - the former Apple executive in question, was serving the iPhone maker since the last 8 years and attained the position of senior director of product integrity. Prior to his employment in Apple, Prakash was the director of engineering design validation at the Austin, Texas based Cielo Communication.
According to unconfirmed reports, Prakash will be joining Google to lead a top secret project at Mountain View's Google X labs. However, there are also speculations about Prakash being assigned to a yet-to-be-disclosed Motorola project.
Google's move has come at a time when its relations with Apple are already strained and with multiple lawsuits involving Android already under trial this latest hiring may come as a major obstacle towards an amicable solution.
"It also remains to be seen what Prakash's hiring does to the already strained relationship between Apple and Google," notes TechWeek Europe.