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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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RE: blablabla
By Nortel on 12/3/2012 2:42:00 PM , Rating: -1
The Lumia 920 is beautiful in a 60's chic kind of way but a good design none-the-less. iPhone hardware has changed a great deal in it's lifespan and with the Lumia 920 5 years late to the party, I wouldn't be disparaging the iPhone.

The third player is actually Blackberry since Nokia is the fourth player to join the new age. I've used WP8 and found the tiles to be horrid, a giant leap backwards in UI. If they came out with an Android version it's sales would be far stronger. Nobody is clamoring for WP8, even if they are digging the styling of the Lumia.


RE: blablabla
By belawrence on 12/5/2012 4:21:32 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
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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