Nokia is not working on an Android phone

Nokia is not working on an Android phone

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.

Via WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:02

Yep. Though, lets be real: I'd be surprised if they didn't have a few Android prototypes up and running. 2 birds with a stone: test the software for Android on their own hardware - hardware which can be deployed post Elop

Pondlife  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:25

Yeah and the heads of media relations wouldn't be the best source for something hidden and techy. Still I do think they could be burying their heads in the sand enough to not be working on it. Besides given the 920 prices imagine what they would want for a quad core 5" 1080p phone...

64thnoteF5  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:27

“Time to put an end to these rumours..."
So why the ellipsis?. Or maybe this one tweet will end THESE rumours, but there will be plenty of others...(notice the three dots). In any case, too bad for Nokia fans, looks like they're stuck with tiles. And once the novelty wears off...(three dots, again).

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:50

Yeah and the heads of media relations wouldn't be the best source for something hidden and techy. Still I do think they could be burying their heads in the sand enough to not be working on it. Besides given the 920 prices imagine what they would want for a quad core 5" 1080p phone... True... pricing is ridiculous. But then again: the cheaper WP devices didn't sell, either. But Nokia have been way off for a while - E7 was close to €700 sim-free when first launched hahaha...

Pondlife  Dec. 3, 2012 at 13:05

Well it seemed to work here, but they were still rubbish and had been outed as obsolete so effect was likely to be limited by that. Not thinking necessarily outright cheap but when the s3 is available for about £100 less..
So that's what the networks would still be trying to sell it at over there then going by the 800's inability to drop price in ireland

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