by Simon Hill, 6 months ago
Gartner’s report on Q3 2012 reveals that worldwide smartphones sales are up nearly 50 percent on the same quarter last year. The overall mobile phone market actually declined, but smartphones are still on the rise…
Remember the recently posted Nokia job ad on LinkedIn titled “Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware”? It sparked rumors that Nokia might be building its very own Android-flavored smartphones after all. The report was welcome news to many avid Android users and loyal Nokia fans, even though there was no official confirmation of it available anywhere–let alone from Nokia.
Fast forward to a few days later, and Nokia has finally issued a statement regarding the matter. Has it confirmed that yes, it is indeed making its own Android smartphones to compete with Samsung and HTC? According to Doug Dawson, a Nokia Media Relations person, the answer is a rather disappointing, “no.” His words, on Twitter:
@paulo_mealha Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more.
— Doug Dawson (@DougatNokia) December 2, 2012
Apparently, Nokia is looking for a new “Linux guy” only because it wants to introduce HERE Maps support for other platforms.
If Nokia wanted to hedge its bets, it should have done so a long time ago. But instead, it went with the Windows Phone-only route. And it seems that things aren't going to change any time soon.