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Is Nokia planning Android based connected cameras?

Nokia-Lumia-1020We know about Nokia’s imaging prowess and how smartphones like 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 have largely unbeatable cameras when it comes to smartphone imaging. Even with devices like Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy K Zoom, which are more camera than phone Samsung has been never able to beat Nokia in imaging quality. Though the devices and PureView branding now belong to Microsoft, Nokia still owns the technology and patents, which it has licensed to Microsoft and can license to others.

Now, since there are no foreseeable Nokia future plans related to use of imaging in any of its devices, one can be given to impression that it mayn’t need to work on camera technology. But, you can be so wrong, as it seems Nokia has bigger plans related to camera and imaging tech in store. Two of its recent job openings are related to imaging advancements and one of them needs knowledge of “Linux or Android“.

Senior Imaging system engineer job posting talks about “new imaging software”.

In this role, you will be responsible of designing, implementing and optimizing our new imaging software with focus ranging from camera interfaces to multimedia frameworks and algorithm assets. You will expand a team of highly skilled inviduals and take ownership of deliverables that create the new Nokia imaging offering.

It requires following skill sets and one of them is Linux and / or Android experience.

  • Minimum of 5 years of SW development experience
  • Work experience on Linux and/or Android operating systems
  • Strong hands-on experience on embedded software system integration
  • Application development experience
  • Imaging and multimedia domain expertise
  • Team player attitude and interest to learn new things

Another job opening is for Principal Engineer, Camera Modules and its description reveals that Nokia is very serious about bringing word-class SW-HW synergies

In this role, you will ensure all of our imaging technology offering will be perfectly aligned with the amazing developments in different areas of camera module HW. You will drive our camera HW collaborations, ensure the flow of innovation concerning all important areas of module development, be it in sensors, opto-mechanics or interfaces and you will enable best imaging system performance based on fully optimized SW and HW synergies.

Our Offering:

·         Development at the forefront of several exciting technology areas

·         Collaboration with top expert within Nokia and with our many collaborators

·         Work in a growing team of imaging enthusiasts

Now, these two job openings can also be argued to be Nokia’s planning to test and fine tune its camera tech before licensing to Android manufacturers. But Nokia may have other plans as well, which is again hinted by a third job opening. This opening is for LCD engineer and talks about high volume production of displays,

Main Responsibilities: – Responsible for touch and display module design/development/and test- Responsible for touch and display electrical interface test plan creation and execution-Work closely with cross-functional teams to optimized and deliver the highest touch and display performance and quality-Develop test tools to further measure and optimized to enable high volume production

The skill set is so much interesting as well,

– M.Sc. or B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, telecommunication or other relevant field – Min 5 years or equivalent experience in mobile industry- Min 3 years of experience working with mobile device –  Open minded pioneering attitude-  Passion to deliver beautiful products and concepts (ID and UX)-  Hands-on team player-  Cross-functional competencies

With Z Launcher, new Nokia has shown that it has many innovations up its sleeve and have freedom to pursue them as well. These three job openings amply hint about certain Nokia plans related to imaging HW, SW and devices with LCD display. It can well be a future connected camera offering based on Android. Do, let us know what you think?

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Nayan

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

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  • This is true but not mobile phones or camera, this is more about the nokia next gen device protyping work.

    Only device at the moment is kinetic and wrist band. Kinetic UI is linux based and so is the new here core.

    The upcoming software platform seems to be damn interesting, unfortunately most of the guys moved out.

  • JLIT99

    It looks to me like Nokia is rebuilding its’ ecosystem and app portfolio (which had been diminished to a few apps by Elop.)

    They must know that Android smartphone users have been eager to get the Nokia camera experience on their phones.

    Ironically, the sale of the Nokia D&S could have been the best thing to happen – now we will see the real Nokia experience appear on Android.

    And in 2016, with a full app portfolio available, what’s to say that we won’t see a killer Nokia smartphone?

    • Kamal

      That’s right, but to me it seems that they will also continue surprising us with unexpected product offerings 🙂 before 2016 is here.

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