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Nokia May be Planning an Android Smartphone

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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  • illuminatuz
    First.. :D
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  • 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
    if Nokia continues to abandon WP as what they do on Meego or Symbian, buyers will abandon you Nokia
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  • wemakeourfuture
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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
    Finnish Firm is Finished
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  • dare2blink
    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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