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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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