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.
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