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Motorola To Hire 300 Android Developers 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the robots-with-beards? dept.
ruphus13 writes "Google's Android is starting to see more industry support. Motorola recently announced plans, despite hardships within the company, to hire 300 Android developers. Quoting: 'A quick search of Motorola's job openings suggests that, indeed, Android is set to become a permanent fixture at Motorola, which has long built Linux-based phones but hitherto used MontaVista's Mobilinux. The goal? Move from an internal development pool of 50 Android-savvy developers to 350. Motorola, recognizing that most developers won't have deep experience with Google Android, is looking for a somewhat general skillset ... Java and Google Android programming experience is listed as 'highly desirable,' but not required.'" T-Mobile has already made plans to use Android as well. Xconomy has a related interview with a member of the MIT team that won a $275,000 prize in the Android Developer Challenge by creating an application to automatically modify a phone's settings depending on its location, which they say "wouldn't even be possible on an iPhone." We've previously discussed the Challenge itself and some of the other winning apps.
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Motorola To Hire 300 Android Developers

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04, 2008 @09:42AM (#25255847)

    This just happens when a company buys into an new technology. Same thing is happening with Nokia and Qt right now.

    If you look at their job portal (http://nokia.taleo.net/careersection/10120/jobsearch.ftl) for "Qt", you will find that they are hiring people in 46 different Qt-related positions. Those could be well a lot more in total, since some positions will probably awarded to several persons.

    Just count yourself lucky that open source related development arrived at the big companies and move along - or apply :-)

  • Ahhh... do no evil (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Toe, The (545098) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @09:54AM (#25255891)

    This is a clear technicality. They're hiring emotionless androids who will do no evil, but also no good. Simply because they won't know the difference.

    From Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five:
    "This, too, was the title of a book by Trout, The Gutless Wonder. It was about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his halitosis was cured. But what made the story remarkable, since it was written in 1932, was that it predicted the widespread use of burning jellied gasoline on human beings. It was dropped on them from airplanes. Robots did the dropping. They had no conscience, and no circuits which would allow them to imagine what happens to people on the ground. Trout's leading robot looked like a human being, and could talk and dance and so on, and go out with girls. And nobody held it against him that he dropped jellied gasoline on people. But they found his halitosis unforgivable. But then he cleared that up, and he was welcomed to the human race."

  • by bogaboga (793279) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @09:56AM (#25255897)
    I still do not get it...How will Google make money. The "Android Kernel" is free. Those who create applications for the Android platform will not pay "royalties" to Google. So I still ask: How will Google make money?
  • TPM on Android? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by KNicolson (147698) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @10:19AM (#25256029) Homepage

    HTC are using the OKL4 kernel on their phones, which is derived from the L4 kernel that provides the trusted computing base for a number of large-scale European projects based around mobile and embedded trust through the TPM.

    I wonder what it all means?

  • by Dutch Gun (899105) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @10:25AM (#25256055)

    You joke, but that was a pretty freaky weird headline to someone like me who had no idea what "Android" was. It took me a few seconds to come to the conclusion that "Android" must be some sort of platform or SDK, but before that my brain came up with a few pretty strange scenarios.

  • by Stu Charlton (1311) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @11:10AM (#25256263) Homepage

    Google's Eric Schmidt has stated that they want most consumer (and some business) computing to move to ad-supported revenue.

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