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No, we're still 100% Windows Phone Nokia, says, outside of some software support for iOS/Android

Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) is being financially propped up by partner Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), but that hasn't stopped the Finnish phonemaker from continuing to produce dire financials as its sales have dropped since ditching Symbian for Windows Phone.  Some investors have urged Nokia to abandon its Microsoft tie-up and hitch up with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system platform, which leads the industry in unit sales.  And some Nokia executives have discussed an unspecified "contingency plan" is on the table if Windows Phone "fails".

Given that background, the blogosphere rumor mill exploded with excitement when Nokia posted a job ad seeking a Principal Software Engineer for work in “Embedded Linux Middleware".  Android is the only major smartphone platform based on the Linux kernel, so many assumed the aforementioned exit strategy might finally be coming to fruition.

Not so fast.

Nokia’s Media relations head, Doug Dawson, has taken to Twitter to set the record straight.  He writes:

Nokia job posting rumor response

In other words, while most people don't realize it, Nokia already has minor assets tied to its rivals Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Google's platforms via the HERE maps service.  So (assuming Nokia is being forthright) the recent posting is no big deal.  Nokia is still firmly onboard the Windows Phone ship -- well, for now at least -- despite a rocky Windows Phone 8 launch and continued fiscal struggles.

Sources: Twitter, NeoWin

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By zilexa on 12/3/2012 11:24:49 AM , Rating: 5
I can't wait for the Lumia 920 Cyan to get in stock in Holland. Best and most beautiful phone ever.

All this shitting on Nokia, for what reason??
Iphone lovers are still playing with a 3.5 year old phone and 3.5 year old software, just a thinner/lighter version with 1 extra app (Siri). Android lovers have some very cool phones (and very nice software) to pick from but are also in need of competition to keep the pace up (and its not really coming from iPhone anymore).

So we-all-benefit from a third player and if you have actually used a Windows Phone or even WP8, you'll see its actually very, very user friendly, intuitive. And the Lumia's are beautiful phones. Finally we have new beautiful phones that don't look like all the others (I'm talking about 800 and 920, not 820 wich is a stupid mistake, way too low resolution).

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By melgross on 12/3/12, Rating: -1
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By danjw1 on 12/3/12, Rating: -1
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By ritualm on 12/3/2012 1:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
In terms of patent trolling, however, you are wrong: Apple is light-years ahead of everyone else in this game. Nobody other than Cupertino has successfully and so convincingly trolled judges everywhere to believe design patents are enforceable.

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By Rukkian on 12/3/2012 4:21:59 PM , Rating: 2
Design patents are okay if very specific to stop blatent copying (which samsung did do with their first devices). Where apple's being a troll is the patent of retangle with rounded corners trying to make it so nobody have any competition for them so they can make more money, which is complete and udder crap.

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By nafhan on 12/3/12, Rating: -1
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By V-Money on 12/3/2012 2:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
All this s***ting on Nokia, for what reason??

Well, what is the valid reason for offering only Windows instead of Windows and android? If windows is great enough the marketplace will decide its fate, forcing it on users will not work (as their continuous marketshare decline clearly shows). I have nothing against windows really, but I still prefer my android and wouldn't mind having a Nokia option to choose from, maybe a surprise Nokia Nexus V :-)

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By Nortel on 12/3/12, Rating: -1
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By belawrence on 12/5/2012 4:21:32 AM , Rating: 1
I've used WP8 and found the tiles to be horrid, a giant leap backwards in UI.

Yes, because rows of static, stale icons circa my 2003 Morotola feature phone is the only interface a phone should ever have, with no changes or variety.

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By Breakfast Susej on 12/5/2012 1:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's an innovative and nice looking phone, I just wish they were a little thinner and less bulky.

Why was This Even a Rumor?
By Arsynic on 12/3/2012 12:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
We all knew that Nokia was doing maps for iOS and Android, right?

RE: Why was This Even a Rumor?
By ctodd on 12/3/2012 1:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
kindle fire

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By Devilboy1313 on 12/3/2012 10:38:27 PM , Rating: 2

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By drycrust3 on 12/3/2012 3:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
I tried to wanted to try Bing maps for Android, but I couldn't find it. I've tried some of the other alternatives to Google maps, but so far I found Google maps is the best.

Dual-boot phone?
By vailr on 12/3/2012 2:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
Why not offer a dual-boot phone: WP8 or Android?
Might need a 32 Gb capable micro-SD slot to allow storing the alternate OS.
Let the marketplace (end user) decide which of the 2 OS's is more to their liking.

RE: Dual-boot phone?
By Argon18 on 12/3/2012 4:15:44 PM , Rating: 1
Because that's a lot of added overhead. Extra development time, Extra tech support time, Extra patent licensing cost.

All that extra per-unit cost and no real revenue advantage. Your average consumer doesn't know or care about dual booting. They want to turn it on, send some text messages, and play angry birds, and any added complexity only gets in the way of that.

RE: Dual-boot phone?
By Devilboy1313 on 12/3/2012 10:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot the p*rn

RE: Dual-boot phone?
By gladiatorua on 12/4/2012 7:55:14 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft wouldn't allow it.
And why handicap good Android phones with 8gb or more useless software.
Does Miscrosoft advertise that their OS takes a lot of space?

It's quite simple, really
By CityZen on 12/3/2012 11:30:05 AM , Rating: 5
If Windows Phone crashes and burns, no amount of PR denials will keep Nokia from moving on. If Windows Phone succeeds, no amount of rumors will make Nokia ditch it. Simple as that. As i see it, it's still too early to make the call.

I don't blame them.
By Articuno on 12/3/2012 11:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
It's only fair for a captain to go down with their sinking ship.

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