Is Google moving the Android team to San Diego?

I’m not sure and have no insider information, but this job was posted to LinkedIn recently (13 September 2016):

It was less than 3 months ago (23 June 2016) that the local newspaper uncovered Google’s plan to open a San Diego office with a 60,000 sq ft space, potentially housing 250–300 employees. At the time, their only job listing in San Diego was for Google Fiber, their high-speed internet initiative. That listing is gone now, replaced by this Android engineer offering. Only time will tell if Android Design and Development is coming to San Diego, or if the company is just trolling for interest.

The Mountain View, CA building with “tasty treats” mascots (each symbolizes the codename for a different release of the Android OS)

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Job description

Google’s software engineers develop the next-generation technologies that change how billions of users connect, explore, and interact with information and one another. Our products need to handle information at massive scale, and extend well beyond web search. We’re looking for engineers who bring fresh ideas from all areas, including information retrieval, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking and data storage, security, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, UI design and mobile; the list goes on and is growing every day. As a software engineer, you will work on a specific project critical to Google’s needs with opportunities to switch teams and projects as you and our fast-paced business grow and evolve. We need our engineers to be versatile, display leadership qualities and be enthusiastic to tackle new problems across the full-stack as we continue to push technology forward.

Making the world’s information universally accessible and useful doesn’t stop at the desktop. The Mobile team builds tools to get you the information you need no matter where you are. Android has become the world’s most popular mobile ecosystem, powering billions of devices, from smartphones to tablets, watches to TVs and everything in between. Whether adding to the core Android experience, forging new markets for digital content, creating immersive and portable versions of our products or managing relationships with a global community of developers, the Mobile team is giving you Google on the go.


  • Design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software.
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines and deliverables.


Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience in Linux Kernel programming, Device bring-up, BSP.
  • Programming experience in C and C++.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Programming experience in Java and Assembly (ARM or x86).
  • Experience with debugging, Linux kernel development, system-level programming, Android frameworks, Android build system, Compiler-driven instrumentation using LLVM/clang or GCC. Familiarity with Java app development.
  • Experience with cross-functional collaboration with partnering companies.
  • Strong understanding of algorithms and data structures concepts.

To all recruitment agencies: Google does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Google employees or any other company location. Google is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

At Google, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


Information Services and Internet

Employment type



Not Applicable

Job function

Information Technology,Engineering

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