Sony’s E-Readers To Get Android?

I’m all for eReaders. I think the direction they are heading will again transform technology’s role in media, communications and curriculum. No doubtedly Sony wants to go in the direction of having more people adopt their eReader lifestyle. As to how, we may have now received some enlightenment.

This isn’t the first time we find out what lies ahead for a company from their help wanted ads. There is an ad out on Linkedin for “Senior Staff Software Engineer (Android).” The job description was pulled but remains in Google’s cache. It appears that the applicant will be working on “developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices” all on Android’s platform.

It’s also speculated that the job would include applications for the reader and would include Sony Ericson’s XPERIA phones. It looks like they might be a little late to the eReader+ market. Having applications is nothing new. What is taking so long?

Senior Staff Software Engineer (Android) – Digital Reader Business Division at Sony Electronics

Location: San Jose, US-CA (San Francisco Bay Area)
Type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior level
Functions: Engineering
Industries: Consumer Goods
Posted: July 15, 2010
Employer Job ID: 21445

Job Description

As a part of Sony Electronics’ engineering team you can ensure that what we produce is just as extraordinary as the ideas that inspire us. While we run on fearless creativity and innovation, our engineers make certain that everything we do is of the highest quality. Every day, they work with advanced technologies, including some that most people never even thought possible. Some may call it magic; we call it a commitment to innovation, quality, and style and design.

Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division (DRBD) currently has an opening for a Senior Staff Software Engineer in our San Jose, CA office. As a Sr Staff level Software Engineer, you work with Sony’s highly talented application software engineering team developing application software for digital reading devices and other consumer electronic devices. Responsibilities include developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices; working closely with Product Planners to understand the feature requirements; implementing features according to the product requirement documents; designing product architecture; working with test engineers on bug fixes and resolving issues; writing unit test codes, instrument your code for measurements, actively participating in code review, and performing “pre-flight” testing. Additional duties assigned as necessary.

* Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field; or 10 years related experience required
* Programming experience with Google Android SDK, Microsoft Windows, and/or Apple Mac OS X
* Programming experience with C/C++/C#/Objective-C and/or Java
* Familiarity with standard software development tools including: Eclipse, Apple Xcode, Microsoft Visual Studio, and others
* Superb communication skills (both written and verbal)
* Experience working within software development lifecycle
* Love of solving challenging problems
* Product sensibilities – enthusiast with regard to digital media, devices, and related products
* Experience with packaged application software product

Experience with cross-compilation environments like Qt
Experience supporting a consumer electronics device platform
Linguistic skill in Japanese is a definite plus

[via SlashGear]