It is well documented that many smartphone fans started to ignore offerings from Finnish manufacturer Nokia partly because of the software used on the handsets. To improve things the company decided to ditch Symbian in favour of the Microsoft Windows Phone platform, but it seems a Nokia Android handset is still a possibility.
When Nokia announced their decision to partner with Microsoft and provide smartphones running the Windows Phone software, many at the time questioned the thinking behind the decision and felt that using Android would help the company to turn things around. Now it is being reported by SlashGear a since removed job listing from Nokia was looking for a Senior Engineer that had experience with Linux.
The company is currently focusing all its efforts on its latest WP8 Lumia range and the flagship Lumia 920 leading the way, and the company may already have employees that have knowledge of Linux but they may be thinking of adopting the Android platform in the future as well.
Obviously employing one extra Linux engineer doesn’t suddenly allow a company to produce a range of Android smartphones, but adding more staff to an existing team might. The job listing was looking for someone to take part in a “start-up environment” with “exciting new products” for future phone technology.
In the past Nokia has distanced itself from adopting Android to remain focused on Windows Phone, but a number of other smartphone manufacturers provide handsets on both platforms, so why shouldn’t Nokia?
The first batch of Lumia Windows Phone handsets didn’t exactly set the world on fire in terms of units sold, and the jury is still out on how successful the latest range will be. The Nokia Lumia 920 is getting positive feedback from those that have taken the chance on the platform though, and WP8 can only get better as its ecosystem gets larger with more content becoming available.
It would make perfect sense though for the company to continue providing handsets on the platform as it grows in popularity, but also cover all bases by providing hardware that also uses Android. There will be many smartphone fans unwilling to give Windows Phone 8 a try no matter how good it is, so having products on the Android platform makes sense for any company in the smartphone market.
Would you like to see a Nokia Android smartphone?