Recently, rumors have been circulating that the first Nokia Android handset was in the works after it was revealed on social media business site LinkedIn that the company was looking for a ‘Principal Software Engineer’ who is experienced in the base system used to build the Android platform, Embedded Linux Middleware. Well, those rumors have now been put to rest!
Doug Dawson, a Nokia executive, took his message to Twitter to dispel the rumors that had been circulating around the web. Dawson tweeted that the new developer would be porting Nokia’s growing collection of apps to the iOS and Android platforms, not crafting a first Android smartphone for the Finnish phone manufacturer. Dawson wrote on Twitter, “Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more.”
There were lots of catch-phrases that seemed to indicate the development of a new Android smartphone for Nokia, including the fact that the new employee would focus much of his/her efforts on “mobile phone technology” and “exciting new products.” It seems it’s not to be – perhaps those who were hopeful took the phrasing out of context. It looks like for now anyway, Nokia will remain out of the Android smartphone market, choosing to focus instead on Microsoft’s Windows Phone offering. Maybe someday in the future we will see a Nokia Android smartphone . . . and maybe not.
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