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Facebook grabs a new head of mobile products from Google Android team

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One of Google’s top product managers for Android just left the building.

Erick Tseng, who led the overall development of the company’s much ballyhooed Nexus One phone is heading to Facebook, where he’ll become the company’s head of mobile products. He’ll report to Facebook’s vice president of product, Chris Cox. Henri Moissinac remains the company’s director of mobile.

Facebook said:

“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.”

Before working at Google, Tseng was a product manager for mobile search and also held similar roles at Microsoft, Yahoo! and the MIT Media Lab.

His departure follows the loss of other Google talent in recent months. The company lost Gummi Hafsteinsson in March to mobile personal assistant maker Siri, which ultimately ended up in the hands of Google’s newfound rival Apple.

Tseng tweets his goodbye below:

About to begin a new, exciting chapter in my life. Heading to #Facebook on Monday to help innovate at the intersect of mobile and socialless than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

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