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Nokia debunks rumor that it may be considering shift to Android

Published Dec 3rd, 2012 7:45AM EST
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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.

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