With Symbian ablaze and MeeGo consigned to the recycling bin, the question on everyone’s lips back in January 2011 was: Android or Windows Phone? And we all know how that went down.
But wait, what’s this? A job posting on LinkedIn reveals Nokia is looking for a Principal Software Engineer dealing with Linux type stuff, causing many to cry “Android!” Is Nokia initiating Plan B?
Rewinding back to May 2011, everyone’s favourite crazy Russian, Eldar Murtazin, claimed Nokia’s back-up plan was to ditch Elop and Windows Phone.
More recently, Nokia's new chairman Risto Siilasmaa confirmed that Nokia does indeed have a Plan B, but neglected to give any further details. If we’re talking operating systems, the only other option, realistically, is Android.
The aforementioned Software Engineer vacancy has since disappeared, but called for someone to oversee “embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products.”
To be honest, we’re not reading too much into it. Moving from Windows Phone to Android would surely necessitate the hiring of more than one man, for starters.
Also, since it’s not clear exactly what the Software Engineer would be doing, it could be something entirely mundane like Nokia Maps for Android.