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Nokia puts Android phone rumours to rest

Plans to stick with Windows Phone
Mon Dec 03 2012, 12:46
Nokia Lumia 820 Maps

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has laid to rest rumours that it's planning to ditch Windows Phone in favour of Android, after a job listing from the firm suggested otherwise.

Speculation surrounding Nokia and Android has been circulating for months, maybe even years, but the rumour mill really spun up on Friday when the firm posted a job listing seeking a Linux expert.

The listing, which has since been made private, is seeking a "Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware", firing up speculation that Nokia is plotting to get into the Android smartphone market.

Doug Dawson, the head of Nokia's media relations publicly debunked the rumours via Twitter, revealing that the job listing has to do with the Finnish firm's new Here mapping service.

"Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our Here Maps support for other platforms, including IOS and Android. Nothing more."

If Steve Ballmer's latest statistics are anything to go by, it's unlikely that Nokia would be planning a shift to Android anyway. According to the Microsoft CEO, Windows Phone handsets have been selling four times faster than they were last year.

"Windows Phone 8 has been on sale for a few weeks and is off to a great start," Ballmer said. "Handsets made by HTC and Nokia are getting rave reviews and have initially sold out in many countries." µ


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