Is Nokia secretly planning to sell Android phones again?

In today's Android roundup: Nokia may be clandestinely plotting to reenter the Android phone market. Plus: Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps, and HP engineers a luxury Android smartwatch designed by Michael Bastian

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's mobile division gave most of us the impression that Nokia was done with mobile phones. But suspicious job listings posted on LinkedIn recently may indicate that Nokia is planning a mobile comeback, and it might be based on new Android phones.

According to NDTV:

PhoneArena, citing a Russian publication, notes that out of the posted LinkedIn job listings, few have already closed - indicating that the Finnish company found the fitting professionals. The report claims that one of the job openings at LinkedIn for a photography engineer says that the company is in search of "a mobile photography engineer with experience writing camera drivers for Android."

Lastly, the report suggested that the hiring process is being carried out by team that designed the recently released Nokia Z Launcher, which is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.1 or higher.

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Nokia might make Android phones again

Is it just me or does this strike anybody else as being more than a little funny? Microsoft spent a lot of money buying Nokia's mobile division, but it didn't get the Nokia name permanently and it killed Nokia's Android products not too long after taking over. Now it seems that Nokia itself might rise from its mobile grave and return to the Android market.

If Nokia returns to Android, it has to wait until 2016 to do so. Apparently Nokia cannot use the Nokia brand for mobile devices until after December 31, 2015. So it makes perfect sense for the company to begin laying the groundwork for new Android products in 2016 by hiring new staff now.

So did Microsoft get taken for a ride here or what? It's possible that Nokia conned Microsoft into doing it a favor by getting rid of a division it didn't want any more, and by ridding the company of Stephen Elop as CEO. It's too early to know if Nokia is really going to return to the Android market. But don't forget that old saying that where there's smoke there's probably a fire.

I suspect that it may be Nokia that has the last laugh here. Take that Stephen Elop!

Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps

GeekWire reports that Amazon is offering 30 free Android apps in its app store.

According to GeekWire:

Bargain shoppers with Android phones have 30 reasons to give Amazon’s Appstore a shot over the next two days. The company is offering a suite of apps worth more than $100 for free to anyone who uses its online storefront.

The apps span a wide variety of categories, and include Sonic the Hedgehog, popular read-it-later service Instapaper, Kayak Pro and FlightRadar Pro. In addition, Amazon is offering a couple of big-ticket apps which cost more than $20 each – Essential Anatomy 3 and the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary – as a part of the sale as well.

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Amazon free apps for Android

This looks like a pretty good deal if you want to give Amazon's app store a shot. I doubt it will really draw many people permanently away from Google Play, but you have to give Amazon credit for trying.

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