Ever since Google announced last week that it would be hiring up to 1,600 new employees over the next several months, people have been wondering what types of jobs they're looking to fill, and who will be in the best position to get them. Today the Wall Street Journal gave us a hint about some of them, and they're in the field of mobile app development.
The Internet company has commenced recruiting software engineers, product managers, user-interface experts and others who have ideas for and experience with mobile apps, according to WSJ. Google is reportedly looking to go head to head with Apple Inc. in the lucrative mobile app sector, which is expected to triple this year and generate up to $15.1 billion.
Google believes that more and better apps can not only generate revenue in advertising and purchases, but also help devices powered by Google's Android operating system to catch up with -- and possibly overtake -- Apple's iPhones and iPads.
WSJ sources say that the new app-development teams will probably be located throughout Google's offices worldwide. Engineers and developers that already have apps in the works are likely candidates, and Google could possibly fund them in their own hometowns. They're looking for everything from apps that include games like Angry Birds, to social / geographical networking apps like Foursquare.
Currently, Google has about 24,000 employees, but the company has announced major expansion plans for 2011.