Google opens UK developer facility

Google has opened a new developer centre in London’s Victoria area, and is now on the look-out for software engineers.

Google has opened a new developer centre in London’s Victoria area, and is now on the look-out for software engineers.

The new site is Google’s next European engineering centre and is expected to focus on vertical markets, including those in the wireless space.

Mobile technology and ways in which Google can efficiently transfer its desktop applications on to mobile devices will be one priority for designers employed at the centre.

Google has not said how many software engineers will be employed at the Victoria site.

It is expected that those taken on will work to the same patterns as their US counterparts, with a percentage of their time devoted to personal projects, in the hope that the resulting  technologies can be adopted by the company.

Google is currently considering whether to enter the WiFi arena with its own public wireless Lan network providing users with broadband connectivity.It is testing a small-scale WiFi deployment in the US.

If Google were to launche such a service in the UK, its main competitors would include BT Openzone and T-Mobile.

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