updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed August 11, 2010
Sony recruiting for books on Android devices
Sony may have slipped out plans for Android hardware and software through a job listing discovered on LinkedIn. The post for a Senior Staff Software Engineer focused on Android would have the programmer helping the Digital Reading group create "application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices." Specifics aren't mentioned, but the wording would allow both for a touchscreen Reader with Android as well as a stand-alone Android app.
As part of the requirements, Sony also provided hints at possible dedicated reader apps rather than just conduits. Developers would need experience with both Mac OS X and Windows development. Nokia's phones could get support through development on Qt, which could address Maemo and Symbian phones.
The post has since been pulled, hinting that Sony either filled the spot or wanted to keep it secret.
Sony may be eager to improve the competitiveness of its core e-reader hardware as well as match others in reach. The electronics giant was one of the earliest to popularize e-readers but has slipped to five percent as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and now Apple have carved away most of Sony's foothold. A true Android device would give Sony a device closer to the sophistication of a Nook or possibly a true iPad-level tablet. Software, which may be more likely, would put it on par with its rivals as all of them have the option of reading on computers, smartphones, tablets or all three. [via SlashGear]