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Nokia May be Planning an Android Smartphone

By - Source: Gizmodo | B 39 comments

Finnish firm looking or "Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware".

Despite Nokia's close relationship with Microsoft due to the former's support for Windows Phone 8 and  arlier versions of the OS, the Finnish firm could be planning an Android-powered smartphone.

The company recently posted a job advertisement on LinkedIn seeking a Linux expert to work within a "start-up environment." The ad makes mention of "exciting new products" and "mobile phone technology".

The posting, which was for unknown reasons made inactive and inaccessible on Friday, was entitled "Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware."

Should the advert be referring to another project other than an Android device, one possibility is that Nokia is working on its own Maps app -- or other general applications -- for Google's platform.

 

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    johnatnokia , December 2, 2012 2:14 PM
    The Nokia job positing involves our previously announced opportunity to develop HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more.
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    dare2blink , December 2, 2012 1:17 PM
    Lol people for the last time NOKIA IS NOT EVER GOING TO RELEASE AN ANDROID PHONE. I am very disapointed that tomshardware you post such a ridiculous post. Nokia obviously hired one programer to develop the "here" solutions for android that they already establised as doing. So people stop making up stuff. Seriously I though It would be very obvious that it takes more than ONE person to put android on nokia. Please tomshardware do your research properly before posting nonsense like this
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2012 11:11 AM
    The only reason they would have built one would have been if the Lumia 920 had failed, but from what I can tell, they have been overwhelmed with orders and are back on track to be top of the pack
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    lengcaifai , December 2, 2012 11:19 AM
    if Nokia continues to abandon WP as what they do on Meego or Symbian, buyers will abandon you Nokia
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    wemakeourfuture , December 2, 2012 11:22 AM
    wozza365The only reason they would have built one would have been if the Lumia 920 had failed, but from what I can tell, they have been overwhelmed with orders and are back on track to be top of the pack


    Sales of the 920 have not been as projected. Windows 8 touch devices overall have not met sales expectations plus are getting destroyed by Android and iOS devices. The $1.5 billion dollar buzz MS has been trying to create for windows 8 ( mostly on smartphones and tablets ) have not translated well in sales and market share as anticipated. This would undoubtedly force Nokia to search for alternatives to windows and the only other viable option is Android ( hence the article and its rumour )
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2012 11:40 AM
    wemakeourfutureSales of the 920 have not been as projected. Windows 8 touch devices overall have not met sales expectations plus are getting destroyed by Android and iOS devices. The $1.5 billion dollar buzz MS has been trying to create for windows 8 ( mostly on smartphones and tablets ) have not translated well in sales and market share as anticipated. This would undoubtedly force Nokia to search for alternatives to windows and the only other viable option is Android ( hence the article and its rumour )


    As far as I can tell, lots of people have been getting Lumia 920s and there have been estimates that are very high, in some countries, it has already outsold the iPhone 5 even though it hasn't been out as long
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2012 11:56 AM
    wozza365: Could it be any more obvious that you're hired to do Microsoft PR? You're not convincing anybody, give it up.
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    Anonymous , December 2, 2012 12:13 PM
    IMO I think hiring one person is not enough to port an entire operating system. To me it looks like Nokia is trying to create or port some of its exclusive services to android where they can sell the apps and make some money
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    myromance123 , December 2, 2012 12:38 PM
    I'd think this is a wise move. Microsoft does NOT have Nokia's back. They have previously stated they're willingness to introduce a phone of their own if Nokia doesn't make the W8 compelling enough. Hopefully, with Nokia's past experience in Symbian OS they should have a smoother ride into Android compared to Windows Phone.

    I am and have been a Nokia user since I was young. I've honestly only had a Sony Ericsson once, everything else has been a Nokia. This news really excites me!
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    greghome , December 2, 2012 1:06 PM
    Finnish Firm is Finished
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    dare2blink , December 2, 2012 1:17 PM
    Lol people for the last time NOKIA IS NOT EVER GOING TO RELEASE AN ANDROID PHONE. I am very disapointed that tomshardware you post such a ridiculous post. Nokia obviously hired one programer to develop the "here" solutions for android that they already establised as doing. So people stop making up stuff. Seriously I though It would be very obvious that it takes more than ONE person to put android on nokia. Please tomshardware do your research properly before posting nonsense like this
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    stingray71 , December 2, 2012 1:20 PM
    Always felt Nokia was making a deal with the devil when it partnered with Windows. Android is a much better fit.

    Nokia quality phone with Android 4.x and beyond sounds exciting.
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    fuzzion , December 2, 2012 1:28 PM

    Title should read

    "Nokia pulls it head out of buttocks"
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    johnatnokia , December 2, 2012 2:14 PM
    The Nokia job positing involves our previously announced opportunity to develop HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more.
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    spasmolytic46 , December 2, 2012 2:19 PM
    After they way Nokia abandoned n700 and n800 users, I'm skeptical of any future Linux stuff.
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    cookoy , December 2, 2012 2:22 PM
    One job post for a linux SE and speculations fly.
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    gogogadgetliver , December 2, 2012 2:25 PM
    This is for a maps app which nokia is wise to sell. They have been in the mapping business for years and have highly accurate maps globally. The WP8 nokia driving app is possibly the best I've seen.

    Nokia may at some point hedge their bets and do Android but I see no indication this is happening now. Despite hater assertions above it is indeed selling. We're not talking iphone5 or galaxy sales but they are certainly moving enough units to stick with the game plan.

    This is a pretty silly and assuming article.
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    kutuzov28 , December 2, 2012 2:26 PM
    well that took them a while.
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    vern72 , December 2, 2012 2:46 PM
    First they suck up to Microsoft, then they shiv RIM, now they may be planning an Android phone. Man, this is one company I ain't gonna touch again.
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    nameon , December 2, 2012 2:51 PM
    daaamn...Look at all those android fanboys downvoting en'mass...., they just cant accept that windows phone isnt as, buggy, slow or fragmented as android HAH!!!!
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