Recently, there was speculation that Nokia was considering giving up on Microsoft’s Windows Phone and switching to Android. A company exec has pulled the rug out from under the basis for this rumor.
What set off the discussion was a job posting from Nokia looking for an expert in “embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products.” As Android is a Linux-based operating system, some jumped to the conclusion that Nokia was considering making smartphones running this operating system.
This would be a major change, as Nokia and Microsoft have built a partnership for creating devices running Windows Phone. However, sales of their first and second-generation models have yet to take off, so it’s not completely unreasonable to consider that Nokia could be considering a change to a different OS.
However, a Nokia spokesperson threw cold water on this theory this morning by posting “Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android.”
HERE is the new name for Nokia’s navigation software, which recently launched for the iPhone.