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Nokia debunks rumor that it may be considering shift to Android

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A recent job listing on Nokia’s (NOK) LinkedIn page led to a great deal of speculation that the Finnish vendor was still considering Android as a potential smartphone platform in the event its efforts with Windows Phone continued to flounder. The listing sought a principle software engineer to lead the development of “embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products.” Nokia spokesman Doug Dawson on Sunday confirmed that the job listing does not relate to the development of Android phones, but rather to the company’s mobile mapping solutions. “Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android,” Dawson wrote on his Twitter account. Nokia recently launched HERE Maps for the iPhone and iPad, and the company now has to launch a similar solution for Android devices.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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