Nokia Planning HERE Apps and Services for Android and iOS

The information has been confirmed by a set of job listings

By on May 5th, 2014 06:00 GMT

One of the few remaining Nokia businesses with huge potential, HERE Suite is about to make its debut on other platforms. Nokia’s move was tipped about a month ago by an insider, but no further proof has leaked online since then.

However, NokiaPowerUser has a follow-up on the article that tipped the upcoming release of HERE apps for Android and iOS operating systems. According to some job postings by Nokia, HERE apps are likely to arrive on both mobile platforms in the not so distant future.

We suspect that Android will be the first to get the HERE apps suite given Nokia’s relationship with Google’s operating system. For those unfamiliar with Nokia X family of smartphones, these devices have been packed with all HERE apps, which replace Google’s suite of apps and services.

It appears that Nokia is now looking for a “Software Engineer – Mobile” that can develop for both Android and iOS platforms. Here is a short description of the job:

“The ideal candidate will have experience shipping one or more Android / iOS apps, currently on Google Play / Apple Store. You should have a strong passion for technology as evidenced by your personal projects that demonstrate your aptitude for superior engineering and strong customer-centric product sense.

You should enjoy working outside the comfort zone and love to learn new technologies. The position will be based in Berlin / Frankfurt and will report to the Tem Lead Development team Mobile SKDs for Business, HERE Platform for Business.”

But this is not the only job posted by Nokia. It looks like a second one has appeared as well, which seems to be more explicit on what the perfect candidate should be able to do. Here is another excerpt from the job listing:

“We are now looking for a Mobile App Developer (Android) to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for:
- Working directly with developers, product management and UX Design to conceptualize, build, test and deliver mobile products;
- Deliver across the entire app life cycle –concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores and support;
- Build prototypes at tech scoping stage of projects;
- Working along the web developers to create and maintain a robust framework to support the apps;
- Working with the front end developers to build the interface with focus on usability features;
- Keep up to date on the latest industry trends in the mobile technologies;
- Explain technologies and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders.”

The good news is that Nokia doesn’t plan on launching one or two HERE apps on either platform. Instead, it goes for the full package. This means that Android and iOS owners might be able to replace some of the correspondent apps and services with those offered by Nokia via HERE suite.

We expect more details on the HERE Suite for Android and iOS to emerge in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.
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