Let's be honest: speculating about the idea and discussing the potential merits is one thing, but did anyone really believe Nokia was hiring new staff because it's secretly planning an Android phone?
Whatever the answer, it doesn't really matter because Nokia's head of media relations Doug Dawson has clarified in no uncertain terms that the rumour is completely wide of the mark.
The whole thing started last week when someone spotted a Nokia job posting on LinkedIn for a “principal software engineer, embedded Linux middleware”. The role would involve developing “embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products”.
Which was interpreted to mean “Android phone”.
The story gained significant traction too, with most of the main mobile sites and tech blogs taking the bait (ourselves included) – or we did until Watson decided it was “time to put an end to these rumours.
In a three-part Twitter takedown the Nokia man cleared up the confusion once and for all: the position has nothing to do with new hardware, it's about software – specifically the development of iOS and Android versions of HERE Maps.
That sounds far more plausible when you see it written down in black and white, yet the willingness to believe the rumour (even against our own better judgement) tells its own story. If Nokia wants the rumours to go away, it doesn't need more software engineers, it needs more people buying its phones.