Nokia has dispelled rumours it is working on its first Nokia Android handset after a recent job listing hinted the company was looking to employ specialists in the Google OS.
Taking to Twitter to dismiss the recent Android flavoured reports, Nokia executive Doug Dawson has revealed that the new developer will not be crafting the Finnish phone manufacturer’s first Android smartphone, but instead be porting its increasing collection of applications to the Android and iOS platforms.
“Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more,” Dawson wrote on his official Twitter feed.
Rumours of a Nokia Android phone remerged late last week when Nokia, via business themed social site LinkedIn, revealed that it was looking to employ a “Principal Software Engineer” with experience in “Embedded Linux Middleware”, the base system used to build the Android platform.
Further kicking Nokia Android rumoured into overdrive, the Nokia Lumia 920 manufacturer suggested the new employee would be based in a “start-up environment” with much of their efforts being focussed on “mobile phone technology” and “exciting new products.”
Having largely turned its back on its flailing Symbian system, Nokia remains one of the only major handset manufacturers yet to adopt the now dominant Android platform, instead focussing its smartphone efforts on Microsoft’s Windows Phone offering. Although having produced some of the most desirable Windows Phone 7 and now Windows Phone 8 handsets, with the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 920 respectively, Nokia still trails the lofty heights of smartphone giants Apple and Samsung by some distance.
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