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Pioneering Amazon devices, from Fire tablets to Echo Show
Amazon Lab126 is an inventive San Francisco Bay Area research and development team that designs and engineers high-profile consumer electronic devices. We design and engineer devices like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and more.
Our office headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California and houses our Amazon Devices Hardware, Software and Operations teams, with partner teams in Cupertino, Irvine, Seattle, Boston, and Austin.
Amazon Lab126 History
In 2004, the Amazon team had a vision: To improve upon the physical book, making it easier than ever for customers to discover and enjoy books. Gregg Zehr, vice president of hardware engineering at Palm Computing at the time, was part of the group that accepted the challenge. In October 2004, Gregg formed a small team, moved into a shared space in a Palo Alto law library, and got to work. Amazon Lab126 was born.
The Lab126 name originated from the arrow in the Amazon logo, which draws a line from A to Z in “Amazon.” In Lab126, the 1 stands for “A” and the “26” stands for “Z.” The subsidiary is an Amazon lab of innovation, research, and development.
After years of research and development, the first Kindle e-reader launched with 90,000 e-books on November 19, 2007. The Lab126 team watched a live broadcast of the New York announcement event, holding their breaths as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced Kindle. 5.5 hours later, Kindle was sold out.
The team has expanded rapidly since then, producing a variety of new, innovative products from Amazon Fire TV to Amazon Echo. The team engineers devices with the same spirit that fueled the first inventors.
Weve come a long way, but its still day one.
Get a glimpse of how Senior Software Engineers impact Amazon’s customers, products, and services.
Example: “I’ve used both C++ and Java extensively throughout my career. In my last role as an IT specialist at a software development company, I was responsible for maintaining the coding language of our applications. I also helped train new employees who were learning how to code in C++ or Java.”
Example: “I once had a customer who was having trouble finding an item I sold on my site. They contacted me through email asking where they could find the product. I responded by telling them exactly how to find the product on our site and even included links to similar products if they wanted to browse more options. The customer thanked me for my help and said they found the product.”
Example: “In my last position as a software engineer at a startup company, I was working on a project that required me to collaborate with other engineers who had different ideas about how to complete the project. We all worked together to find solutions that would benefit the company while also meeting our individual needs.”
Example: “I am always looking for ways to improve my hardware engineering skills, so I regularly attend conferences and networking events where I can meet other professionals in the field. I also subscribe to several online newsletters and forums that provide me with valuable information about the latest developments in robotics and automation.”
The interview process at Amazon Lab126 can be long and difficult, with multiple rounds of interviews. The first round is usually a phone screen, followed by 4-5 onsite interviews. The onsite interviews are typically 45-60 minutes each, and may include coding, system design, and leadership principles questions.