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Nokia job listing hints at upcoming Nokia Android phones

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A first Nokia Android phone could be on the cards after a job application released by the Finnish phone manufacturer appeared to seek the services of an expert in Google’s mobile OS.

With the Android OS being built around a Linux based structure, Nokia’s recently posted, and hastily deactivated job posting called for a “Principal Software Engineer” for work in “Embedded Linux Middleware.”

Although Nokia has focused its smartphone efforts on the Windows Phone platform in recent years, from the Windows Phone 7 brimmed Nokia Lumia 800 to the recently released and Windows Phone 8 launching Nokia Lumia 920, the former handset giant has been rumoured to be planning its first Android phone in a bid to reverse its fortunes and regain traction in the smartphone market.

The job listing, which appeared on the business orientated social site LinkedIn, revealed that the desired Linux expert would be based in a “start-up environment,” focusing their efforts on “mobile phone technology” and “exciting new products.”

With the Windows Phone OS having made only marginal gains into the global smartphone market dominated by Apple’s iOS platform and the Google Android OS, Nokia has previously been tipped to be joining the Android revolution with the company reportedly targeting the lofty heights of the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

Given that Nokia has failed to confirm its rumoured Android based intentions, further speculation has suggested that the company’s new Linux personnel could be tasked with transporting the Nokia Drive mapping app to the much loved Android platform.

Would you be tempted by a Nokia Android handset or are you content with the current Android offerings from the likes of Samsung, HTC and Motorola? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: GizmodoUK

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December 1, 2012, 6:04 pm

I'm not into closed eco systems and as far as I'm concerned there are only two manufacturers that make premium handsets (Apple and Nokia), so, yes, I would buy a Nokia Android phone. You get a quality handset, all Nokia's quality software (Drive, Lens etc.) and the Android app library - win, win, win


December 2, 2012, 11:40 pm

So, a posting for a single engineer automatically means Nokia is making an Android phone? Are you completely out of your tree?!?

To even consider it would only take the guidance of a single engineer to either produce a port of Android for Nokia hardware, or to manage a team to do the same, on a commercial time-scale is NUTS!

This article is rumour-mongering at its worst and shows how far the 'journalism' on this site has fallen. If you had even bother to think about what you were writing you could see it was garbage from the start, or you could have bothered to get a quote from Nokia instead. Seeing as you couldn't manage that, then here you go:

There is no Nokia Android phone! Stop wasting everyone's time and do your job properly.


December 2, 2012, 11:46 pm

This can't happen too soon for Nokia, if it happens. Which i'm not convinced it will. Microsoft has been an albatross around their neck with the 'orrible WP7 7.5, 7.8, 8.0 etc...

Android on Nokia - This is the only thing that would convince me to buy Nokia a again. I hope this happens.


December 3, 2012, 12:40 am

I don't think this news implies that Nokia is preparing an Android-based handset; they're probably porting some apps (like Maps and Drive) from Meego to Android.

I like Meego better than Android or iOS, and am still sad Nokia didn't continue in that direction. The N9 had a lot of promise. As I'm not a Microsoft fan, the idea that the only way to buy a Nokia would be with Microsoft software on it doesn't sit well at all – I will never buy a Windows phone. While I'm sure Nokia will gain some new fans with their Windows phones, they will also lose a lot of customers.

Still, part of me still holds hopes for Meego, Jolla or even Android handsets from Nokia.

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