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.