Nokia: We Are NOT Making Android Devices

By Vamien McKalin | Dec 03, 2012 12:40 PM EST

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Those who have been dreaming of a Nokia-branded Android smartphone won't be resting easy tonight, as the company made it clear it is not going down that route. The question that piques the mind is then why would Nokia want to hire an Android expert?

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Apparently, Nokia is making plans to support its HERE Maps on other operating systems, and Android is one of those platforms. With the immense popularity of Android, Nokia has little option in the matter but to offer support.

Head of Nokia Media Relations, Doug Dawson, had the following to say in a Twitter message to followers who wanted to know if recent rumors of the company taking the Android route held any merit.

"Hi. Our recently posted job is linked to our HERE Maps support for other platforms, including iOS and Android. Nothing more," tweeted Dawson.

By going Android, Nokia wouldn't have much to gain, so it was unlikely that a Nokia-branded Android phone was in the pipeline. The company wants to push its own applications but with Android, Nokia will not have the option to make its HERE Maps platform the default and only mapping option in its Android handsets.

It is clear to many who are looking on closely that Nokia's plan B, should its Windows Phone plans fail, is to become a software company. With the rebranding of its mapping application to HERE Maps, along with applications such as Nokia City Lens, plan B is slowly taking shape.

For Nokia's sake, let's hope that the company never has to put plan B into acrion as it would be another rocky experience, coupled with thousands of job losses.

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