Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy

As if you needed further evidence, the 81 mobile- and wireless-related vacancies posted on the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) site show how serious the search giant has become about the prospects of wireless communications.

After Google claimed a partial victory in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's ruling on the upcoming 700MHz wireless broadband auctions Tuesday, a glance at the firm's available jobs show it still has some large shoes to fill if it wants to be a mobile player in the U.S. (See FCC Straddles Open Access Issue.)

Most notably, the firm is looking for a "Head of North American Mobile Business Dvelopment" who should have "a thorough understanding of the mobile vertical – both from a carrier and a handset OEM perspective."

That handset reference is likely to reignite excitement about the oft-rumored "Google Phone." (See Google Spy: Big Team Picking Up Phone.)

Devices, however, are by no means the only focus of Google's mobile intentions. The job listings call for everything from developers familiar with wireless Web technology and application delivery, to a mobile product marketing manager.

Nonetheless, the search giant is still -- intriguingly -- looking for a "Manufacturing New Product Introduction Program Manager" in Mountain View in its supply chain section. The weirdly phrased position is to "ensure that Google can manufacture new hardware products in mass production without problems." (See Google Hiring for Hardware Product Intro.)

"We build the servers ourselves that run Google and offer the Google Search Appliance to enterprise customers," responds a spokesperson for the search giant via email. "It shouldn't be a suprise that we're looking for experieced professionals in technology hardware."

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:04:44 PM
re: Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy What Google's actually doing in mobile (or trying to do) is much more interesting and useful than the bizarre crusade on 700 MHz.

The big thing holding back mobile data is lack of useful, fun, and interesting apps.

This is more of barrier than spectrum policy, incumbent telcos, market structure, etc, etcGĒŖ

Look at how well BlackBerry has done with a good application GĒō all the carriers want to work with RIM, even thou they're really just reduced to glorified bit pipe status.

Or look at Apple GĒō it has a mobile product people want and the wireless carriers are delighted.

standardsarefun 12/5/2012 | 3:04:44 PM
re: Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy Gabriel, it sure makes you wonder doesn't - what have all the main stream terminal vendors been doing all these years?
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:04:38 PM
re: Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy Yeah. Although, I'll concede it's not easy to develop good phones.

One thing that's happening in the UK is that operators are trying to link the price they pay for handsets to service revenues.

So the vendor gets more money if people spend more with the service provider.

I donGĒÖt have any details, but it's interesting. If operators can force it through, it could start to change how handset makers think about design and functionality.
zwixard 12/5/2012 | 3:04:23 PM
re: Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy I believe Operators share revenue with Blackberry.
iPhone users must sign up with a higher priced plan with AT&T.
Consumers are milked both ways.

Consumers might like Google's mobile gmail which turns operators into merely a dumb pipe.
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:04:18 PM
re: Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy Good point. RIM's been clever like that GĒō it helps operators make lots of money.

The point I was trying to make is that RIM and Apple stick to what they're good at (so far!). I haven't seen either of them opining on spectrum allocation or thinking about becoming wholesale network operators.

Google can definitely help operators sell data plans... by delivering great apps and services.

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