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Google Hiring Android Designers

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is adding to its Android team as the first handsets to use the open-source operating system appear off on the horizon.

The search giant is looking for designers, engineers, and developers to work on the phone project in Mountain View, Calif. The firm is looking for people who can work on areas as diverse as "innovative" hardware user interface design, battery life, RF issues, and handset-security software.

"Collaboration" is the key word amongst the job ad verbiage, with Google stressing the need for people to work with its multiple partners in the Open Handset Alliance . "The Google Android team offers a collaborative environment in which we help partners across the globe to create world-class hand held products," reads the ad copy.

High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) will likely be the first of these partners to get an Android handset out the door. T-Mobile US Inc. is set to be the initial operator to carry the handset, with the HTC "Dream" now reportedly awaiting approval at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . (See Android Slowing Down?)

Before long, Google should also have competition on the open-source Linux handset front. Verizon Wireless is supposed to have its first handsets from the LiMo Foundation in stores in 2009. (See Verizon's LiMo Bean 'Surprise'.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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