Matt DeVore, Google
iOS NativeDriver has been open-sourced, and the Android version is also being used by multiple teams in Google to run automation tests. One issue encountered in the design was API mapping - how do you interpret the API of WebDriver so it makes sense on a non-web platform? Limited platform support for UI automation is also a significant challenge.
The client/server architecture of NativeDriver, which is shared between most implementations of WebDriver, has given technical benefits while enforcing the black box nature of NativeDriver.
Matt DeVore is a Software Engineer in Test at Google Japan. Since he joined Google one year ago, he has been working mainly on the NativeDriver team. NativeDriver is an automated UI testing tool for multiple platforms. He set the direction of NativeDriver and leads development on the Android version, which was released on Google Code a few months ago. Before joining Google, Matt worked in Microsoft Japan and Redmond, US for a total of 4 years. In Redmond he worked in the Visual Basic .NET compiler team developing UI and non-UI automation tests. After moving to Japan, he lead internationalization testing of the .NET Framework.