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Nokia headed to Android hints job posting

We have some potentially awesome news to share with you all this Friday afternoon. While it might be a little premature, Nokia could in fact finally be realizing they should have gone with Android -- the best mobile OS in the world. New reports are surfacing today that Nokia is looking to hire some new "principle software engineers" and many think this could finally be their arrival into the world of Android.

Android sales double from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012

A report from analysts Gartner has broken down the sales of smartphones from Q3 2012, and the numbers are rather interesting. As you would expect, Android was the best-selling OS by a sizable margin. Along with that, it also had the highest percentage of market share for Q3, and the competition was not even close.

IDC: Samsung beating Apple in smartphones too

For mobile smartphone dominance, there's only two horses fighting for first: Apple and Samsung. After iSuppli estimated that Samsung now ships more total phones than the previous leader Nokia, IDC now claims that the South Korean company has ousted Apple from its perch atop smartphone shipments as well. They estimate that Samsung shipped 42.2 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2012, to Apple's 35.1 million iPhones. Technically Samsung also sells Windows Phone devices, but it's fair to say that they sold more Galaxy-brand Android phones in the last four months than Apple sold iPhones.

Samsung is now the #1 phone manufacturer in the world

There's a lot of Samsung news on Android Community lately, but can you blame us? Sammy seems to bring out a new smartphone every week, and their high-end devices like the Galaxy Note and the upcoming Galaxy S III are among the most coveted worldwide. A milestone that Samsung's been working towards for years has finally been passed: they've unseated Nokia as the number one phone manufacturer on the planet. According to IHS iSuppli, Samsung sold 25.4% of the mobile phones (including smartphones and "feature phones") in the first quarter of 2012.

European carriers say Nokia should go Android

If you've been following smartphone news from some non-Android sources, you probably know that Nokia's Lumia 900 has made quite the splash over on AT&T. But apparently it's not doing so hot across the pond: reports out of European cell carriers say that their retail staff can't make a case for other Lumia phones like the 710 and the 800. Why? It's the software, of course - Nokia's gone full Windows Phone 7 with their smartphone line, something that's a hard sell for European customers expecting Android.

Nokia N9 gets Ice Cream Sandwich and Meego dual-boot hack

What's more fun than modding an Android smartphone? Well, lots of things, but one of them is modding a competing smartphone to run Android. There are many who admire Nokia's beautiful hardware and industrial design, but lament its home-grown software (or the Windows Phone 7 platform they're now stuck with). A group of like-minded modders at the NITDroid forums dedicated to bringing Android to Nokia hardware have shown off their latest and certainly greatest project: fully functional Android 4.0 on the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9.

Nokia N9 Ice Cream Sandwich port in progress

Much as we begrudge Nokia their wring (not to mention stubborn, deluded and more than a little incestuous) decision to go with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform for their current generation of smartpohnes, it's hard to deny that their hardware and industrial design is top-notch. Home Android developer Alexey Roslykov seems to agree, as he's been instrumental in porting Android to Nokia's underground favorite the N900. Now he's on to something a little more modern, in terms of both hardware and software: getting a full-fledged Ice Cream Sandwich port running on Nokia's drool-worthy N9. The developer tweeted out the phot below with the simple desciption, "Progress".
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