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Google's Mobile Software Focus

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
5/27/2008

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s current job postings reveal a company focused on one thing above all others in all its wireless projects: developing and delivering mobile software and content.

Clearwire
Some of the positions available appear to be related to what Google says it will work on for the new Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) venture. As well as investing $500 million, Google says it will work on mobile services and advertising for the venture and be the preferred search and applications provider for the revamped Clearwire.

Google is advertising for mobile wireless server developers, who will work in Seattle and Kirkland, Wash.:

    Google is hiring engineers to bring our rich web applications and services to the mobile space We’re looking for people who understand the special constraints of the mobile world and have experience building dynamic backend services for mobile devices. Our goal is to put the power of Google’s services right in your pocket.
Kirkland is where Clearwire has its headquarters. Google hasn't yet replied to Unstrung's questions about the position.

YouTube
Many of the 27 U.S. mobile jobs that Google has posted are related to mobile software or content delivery in some form or other. Several directly relate to the firm's efforts to further mobilize its YouTube Inc. video site.

Specifically, Google is looking for a mobile software engineer and a flash/action engineer.

One of the tricky elements of delivering mobile video on phones is that the market still hasn't coalesced around one or two standards for video players. Increased mobility from Google and YouTube could help to drive the appeal of mobile Flash downloads, however. (See The Trouble With Mobile Video .)

"The YouTube Mobile team is blazing the trail for mobile video, bringing the YouTube experience to mobile phones everywhere," the company says in its blurb.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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IPobserver
IPobserver
12/5/2012 | 3:40:09 PM
re: Google's Mobile Software Focus
IGÇÖve been mostly using Mobitubia and EmTube to get mobile YouTube. Both are much better than the official app. and, for now, better than flash in a browser.

Thing is, mobile video just kills your battery.

Great to see firms like Google investing so much in mobile services.
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