Sony May be Developing an Android Based eReader

August 11, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

A job posting found on Linkedln revealed that Sony is looking to hire a software developer for “developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices.” No such product line has been officially announced by Sony who does have a line of eReaders powered by its own proprietary reader software. Sony’s Reader has been faced with a dwindling market share position next to Amazon’s Kindle and Barns & Noble’s nook. Sony is also looking for a candidate with knowledge of “Google Android SDK, Microsoft Windows, and / or Apple Mac OS X”. This may imply that Sony is moving towards a multi-platform reader along the same lines as Kindle. Sony does have the XPERIA line of phones through its Ericson affiliation which runs the Android OS. Perhaps the eReader software would be pre-loaded on the XPERIA as a measure to entice buyers. See the Job posting below and extrapolate at will…
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

Senior Staff Software Engineer (Android) – Digital Reader Business Division at Sony Electronics
Location: San Jose, US-CA (San Francisco Bay Area)Type: Full-timeExperience: Mid-Senior levelFunctions: EngineeringIndustries: Consumer GoodsPosted: July 15, 2010Employer Job