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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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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?

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