Nokia job listing hints at Android in the future

Nokia job listing hints at Android in the future
This could be nothing, but it could be that Nokia is looking for a backup plan in case Windows Phone doesn't pan out. At least that's the best guess for why Nokia had posted a job listing that made it sound like Android might be in the future. As of now, it's just guesswork, but to be fair, we don't really know if there is a timeline attached to the Nokia/Microsoft partnership. 

This all comes from the fact that Nokia had posted a job listing on LinkedIn for a "Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware". Hiring someone to oversee "embedded Linux device software and hardware drivers for our exciting new products” wouldn't be all that telling for some companies, but Nokia only makes smartphones. Had Nokia been a manufacturer that built TVs, it could mean something else, but in the smartphone world, the only Linux-based embedded systems of note are Android and webOS, especially since Nokia killed Meltemi back in June.

It's hard to imagine Nokia putting resources into webOS, so that really just leaves Android. Although, it is probably most likelynthat Nokia is working to bring its maps app HERE to Android rather than making any hardware. The listing has been made inactive since the first reports came out, so it's hard to say if anything will come of it, but we'll keep an eye out. 

source: LinkedIn via BGR

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79 Comments

1. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

What about meltemi?

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Good point. I updated the article to reflect that Nokia killed Meltemi back in June.

58. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Or may be it has to do something with the Nokia Air concept that was leaked months ago and their future disruption with mobile cloud computing.

81. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I'd be surprised if Nokia actually made an android device, even I can't see that!

53. MeoCao unregistered

I really doubt that Nokia will cooperate with Google to make Android phones, but Android is possible. Nokia has a everything for a full ecosystem: maps, music, apps... This is too much to throw away. But I can see they go Amazon way and take a version of Android and develop their own OS from it.

2. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

they should better com up with a dual boot phone (android+wp)

21. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Why would you thumb this dude down. That is genius I would buy a dual boot phone. Android plus WP, no brainer for me. Top notch Hardware, yup that would be the day.

39. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I would buy one, too.

46. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I love that idea...+1 sir!

55. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

triple boot with meego, android and wp

62. Aeires unregistered

I'm still waiting for a good dual boot Android & Ubuntu phone.

3. georgecm

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Or Tizen or Sailfish or Ubuntu at last? Nokia is not going to test Android, because it doesn't fit with the philosophy of the Finlands... It seems more possible to create a new OS, than to step back to Android.

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

new os? do you realize how much efforts it would require? i am pretty darn sure nokia isn't that stupid.

13. Aeires unregistered

Agreed, getting a new mobile OS built is tremendous work. Even Samsung admitted it wasn't an easy task. I'm sure they did consider Android and MS at the same time and decided with MS having less OEM's, it would be easier to take off there. If they ever did make an Android handset though, I'd buy one.

29. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It would go perfect with their philosophy if they make a Maemo-looking interface : )

32. wendygarett unregistered

Isn't the Jolla team know more on Linux stuff?? Just re-recruit them lol

6. kurejikame

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

I think Nokia would do quite well with Android, and be able to offer a lot. I would say the 2 biggest downsides to Android phones in terms of hardware are their cameras and their build quality. If I remember correctly, the 920 took quite a beating and did quite well against it. A lot of the newer Android phones are very fragile and crack very easily. You shouldn't be dropping your phone, but hey it most likely it'll happen and it'd be nice to have it survive. Also, while the camera department is improving, Pureview would be a much appreciated and welcomed feature.

36. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Build quality and cameras differs based on manufacturers. I'm sure if Nokia goes with Android, they will have their own camera with own build quality.

7. ZexyZahid

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Android + Nokia = Awesome :-)

8. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Dear PA, I told you million times - hire educated people! You only make fun of yourselves now. In case your draftsman didn't know Symbian is a Linux based OS, much more than Android is. Now please, fire 50% of your monkeys and post some job offers, this time make sure you do not hire cotton harvesters from Hindunesia. :)

9. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

mate your need an attitude adjustment, besides why arent you doing this job if its so easy. bet your educational level aint half what they have. maybe P.A should do an article on whinny muppets you can be the star seriously look at yourself before you show attitude to others

16. Aeires unregistered

You can make a point without the insults. In fact, it'll be received as well.

20. almiki

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Symbian is Linux huh? Are you thinking of Meego?

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Show proof or your argument is invalid

44. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

We do our research. Symbian is based on the EPOC kernel. Android uses the Linux kernel. Therefore, you are wrong, and you have no reason to be such a jerk.

12. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

If they had switched to android I would have had great combination of android+Nokia offline maps =great advantage But it is already late..... bye bye Nokia

15. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

already late...hmm weird the 920 seems to be doing well, plus everyone even most fanboys acknowledge nokia are excellent for build quality and a good 2 years ahead when it comes to camera's and even if you dont like it, wp8 is gaining traction and has fix most of what 7 was missing/lacking but you wont like that, insted you will have a tantrum they didnt choose android first

33. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

It's simple: no, numbers show you are not true :-)

17. Aeires unregistered

Nokia isn't going anywhere, their phones are too solid for them to close the doors. It would take a monstrous effort to get back to where they used to be, but anything is possible. Just because you probably don't like W8 doesn't mean Nokia is in trouble.

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