This comes down to the fact that each Amazon team manages its own hiring (and so has its own job postings), whereas Google has one top-level posting per role.
Disclosure: I work at Google.
As others said, there's no data on how many people Google or Alphabet are going to hire (postings are not 1:1 with individuals). Alphabet apparently hired 8,057 people in FY 2017 . Note that while HTC had ~2000 people come over , that was not closed within FY 17.
How do they determine the number of open requisitions? Seems like number of job postings is misleading since one posting could be used to hire multiple people.
Great! Maybe in the future it’ll be able to understand, at 10pm, “Alexa wake me up at 7” without asking if I mean “In the morning, or in the evening?”.
Considering the time this has been out and the apparent resources, so much of the basic functionality is locked behind formal command patterns rather than anything natural (and every “new features” email I get seems to just be variants of “tell me a joke/fortune cookie/fact”)
Please tell me one of those new hires will help to release an Echo/Alexa Bluetooth Low Energy developer SDK.
For years many developers of BLE hardware have been waiting for a BLE capable smarthome hub to win the market. Amazon has won but whenever I ask about the BLE SDK, I am told to "stay tuned". They have used that answer for years now.
That means my company will reluctantly release a Wifi Bridge this year. I say reluctant because we aren't motivated to collect $50 per customer on a bridge that will become instant garbage if Amazon does finally release the SDK. We are motivated by how much value we offer our customers, not by how much money we can collect from them.
Does anyone know if Amazon is actively working on a BLE SDK for Echo ?
They must have high hopes. Alexa is not something I can ever imagine using. I like Amazon's web store, but Alexa doesn't seem to offer anything I would ever want. Do others find it useful?
Amazon is also laying off a lot more developers than Google is.
I know Google's overall headcount numbers for the next year, and while I can't disclose them, I'll just say this article is silly uniformed nonsense. In previous years, the reports they have produced have been off by a factor of 10 off what Google later reports in their SEC filings. So I'd take it all with a large grain of salt.
Any insight on why Facebook hiring is surging? (13% of workforce). Is it mostly on the AR/VR side?
How many will be there in 2 years or how many have left in the past 12 months? They have insane churn, something like avg tenure is 16 months for an engineer. Between burnout and pip I wonder if this is just hedging bets.
“Amazon is hiring 1,147 people for its Alexa business unit alone,...”
I’m sure Google is not going let Amazon run away with the voice assistant market.
There’s nothing like an arm’s race between tech titans to move the needle.
With the additional efforts of Apple and Microsoft, voice as a user interface will soon be a solved problem.
Makes sense as the Echo has some catching up to do. We started with the Echo but since switched to the Google Home as it is far more capable and also you can use natural language for most things versus the Echo requires much more rigid language.
I've just hired an extra 8 women, since me and the wife want a baby next month. /s