Nokia categorically denies Android smartphone rumors sparked by job ad

by: David GonzalesDecember 3, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920
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:

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.

  • APai

    damn shame, elop will raze nokia to the ground.
    I hope nokia will bring offline maps to android :)

    bring on the competition to google maps!

    • Eloy Sanchez

      Google Maps already has offline maps available

      • APai

        I know, I have used the same. been there done that. I based my comments AFTER having used it.

    • Guest

      Given what he has done to Nokia in the past couple of years, perhaps the CEO should have his name changed by deed poll to something more appropriate.
      I’m thinking maybe he should just change one letter and call himself Stephen Flop.

  • Nokia will go bankrupt soon

    • yup just like HTC, Samsung etc. Android as well as Windows OS – giving consumer a choice.