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Sony job post hints Android for future Readers, mobile apps

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]

By Electronista Staff


  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: May 2001



    It sure looks like Microsoft is being totally abandoned in the new mobile os market. Ad to this the lame Windows vs PC campaign recently started by Microsoft that makes them appear to be living in the 1980s and it looks like big trouble is ahead for the company who claims 90% of the desktop os market. And Ballmer should take the blame for it all. How could he be that ignorant of the future direction of software?

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: Microsoft?

    Agreed. Just what the he** are these guys doing anyway??

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Microsoft?

    Yep, Apple can compare to microsoft all they want. But if MS does it, well, it's lame and they're in big trouble.

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