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It’s a known fact that Nokia is Microsoft’s Windows Phone champion. It has focused its efforts on creating handsets running Windows Phone 8 such as the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. However, a job posting suggests that the Finnish firm is planning to make a phone that runs Android.
Nokia posted the job posting on LinkedIn. It is looking for a Linux expert who is willing to work in a “start-up environment”. Phrases such as “mobile phone technology” and “exciting new products” were also used on the ad.
Sadly the posting is now inactive and can no longer be accessed. It was titled “Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware”.
Nokia didn’t mention Android in its job posting, but Google’s mobile operating system is based on Linux. This hints that the Finnish phone maker is planning create a device that runs Android.
The job posting comes to us courtesy of Gizmondo UK. Although the site brought the ad to our attention and suggests that Nokia is planning to make an Android-powered device, it does contradict the rumour.
It’s a fact that Microsoft’s Windows Phone hasn’t taken off like it had hoped, which may be the reason Nokia is considering making devices that run Android. However, Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, did say that his company “would not be able to differentiate on the Android platform”.
It’s possible that Nokia is looking for a Linux expert for work on a Nokia Maps app, or apps for device running Android.
If Nokia is working on a device that runs Android, we’re wondering how Microsoft will react. After all, the software giant has invested over $1 billion in Nokia to create handset running Windows Phone.
Whether or not Nokia makes devices running Android, in our opinion, the ailing Finnish firm will benefit from creating handsets based on the platform.
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According to Digitimes, Foxconn International Holdings, a Foxconn Electronics (the company responsible for mass producing the iPhone and iPad) subsidiary is rumoured to have been contracted by Microsoft to mass produce the Windows Phone 8-powered Surface smartphone. The handset is expected to debut in the middle of 2013.
This new report lines up with a previous report from IT Home, a Chinese site, with sources claiming Foxconn has already started mass production of the rumoured Surface phone.
Earlier during the month, reports claimed that the Redmond firm was testing the Surface smartphone with Asian suppliers, suggesting that the software giant is on the hunt for a manufacturing partner.
According to reports, the device will sport a display measuring between four to five inches. If these reports are genuine, it’s a dead cert that the handset carrying the Microsoft brand will run Windows Phone 8.
These reports come after Microsoft deciding to get into the hardware game and release the Surface tablet. If the big M decided to make its own tablet, then why not a smartphone?
According to the same report from Digitimes, Amazon has also contracted Foxconn to mass produce its first smartphone.
Currently, Amazon has focused on making the dirt cheap 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. However, rumours have circulated throughout the year claiming that it’s next big thing will be a smartphone. After Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, said that the online retail giant was cooking up new devices for 2013, most speculate that we will soon see an Amazon smartphone.
It looks like two huge companies are getting into the smartphone market. Windows 8 developer Microsoft is rumoured to launch its own smartphone running Windows Phone 8 and online retail giant Amazon is expected to launch an Android-powered smartphone.
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If you own a handset running Windows Phone 7 such as the Nokia Lumia 900, we have good news for you. According to rumours, Windows Phone 7.8 will be rolling out on Wednesday
Wmpoweruser’s anonymous source claims that the update will arrive on the 28th of November, a Wednesday. The update brings new features to Windows Phone 7-powered devices such as a new homescreen, resizable live tiles, and new theme colours.
The update is also said to bring a feature taken from Windows Phone 8, a lock screen that gives you updates from apps, Bluetooth file sharing, Internet Explorer security upgrades, and custom ringtones via an MP3 editor.
According to earlier reports, the Windows Phone 7.8 update would be rolling out early in 2013. We hope this new rumour claiming the update would be pushed out on the 28th of November is more accurate.
After Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 would never be rolling out to devices powered by Windows Phone 7, users were outraged. The Windows Phone 7.8 update is their consolation for not getting the latest version of Windows Phone.
If you own an LG Optimus 7, we have bad news for you. According to wp7.com.pl, responding to an email from a customer, LG customer service said that the handset would not be getting Windows Phone 7.8 treatment.
We’re hoping that this isn’t true. This would leave people who purchased the Optimus 7 the only users who will not be able to enjoy the update, which isn’t right at all.
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