Look out, Amazon’s Kindle unit is hiring Android devs

Nice catch by the New York Times this morning: Amazon.com’s Lab 126, which develops the company’s Kindle e-reader, has posted a bunch of job openings for Android developers. Here’s the interesting part: The Kindle doesn’t run on Android — it runs on good, old-fashioned Linux.

As the NYT’s Nick Bilton notes, this could mean a new direction for the Kindle, perhaps one with a color screen.

Or it might not be related to the Kindle at all. It’s possible that Lab 126 is working on an entirely separate, Android-related project or projects.

In any event, it’s clear that Android has the Seattle company’s attention. Also this week, we got a glimpse of Amazon’s new Appstore for Android.

Just to be clear, that’s “Appstore,” not “App Store.”

  • Barbara L

    If we are to believe Jeff Bezos, this may mean the Kindle is moving to Android, but not with a color screen. The Barnes and Noble Nook (not the nookColor) actually also runs Android so there’s nothing necessary about an Android ereader/tablet having color. Meanwhile, the nookColor is awesome!