More designers needed as first Android-powered handset passed by FCC

The team responsible for Google’s Android open-source operating system is to be enlarged with openings for designers, engineers, and developers.

Ads from the search giant ask for people who can work in areas as diverse as “innovative” hardware user interface design, battery life, RF issues, and handset-security software.

The expansion of the phone project in Mountain View, California, comes as an Android-powered handset from High Tech Computer Corp (HTC) passed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements.

The HTC Dream is expected to be available in the US through T-Mobile sometime between October and the end of the year – making it the first to launch with the open-source operating system.

Although details remain scant on the Dream, the FCC listing confirmed that the HTC model will be the Dream as the handset was labeled the “DREA100”. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and runs on the 850/1700/1900MHz bands.

For candidates hopeful of joining Google’s Android team, the key job ad word is “collaboration”, with the stress on the need for people to work with the company’s 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,” says the ad copy.

Competition shouldn’t be long in coming as the open-source Linux handset front is pushing for its first launch – perhaps by early next year. Verizon Wireless is reported to be preparing its first handsets from the LiMo Foundation.

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