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Samsung Looks to Nokia Workforce

Samsung appears to be trying to tempt Nokia engineers unhappy with the company’s recent strategic shift to come and work with Samsung’s own operating system, reports Reuters.

Nokian työntekijöitä palaamassa tiedotustilaisuudesta
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Nokia announced in February that it would use Windows Phone as its main smartphone platform, signaling a move away from the company’s Symbian operating system.

The Finnish mobile giant said on Wednesday that it would start consultative talks on the new strategy, with unions predicting the loss of 5,000 in Finland as a result of the decision. Other companies may take advantage of the disenchantment among Nokia’s highly skilled workforce, as an unofficial Samsung newsletter alluded to.

“If you are a Symbian developer unhappy about Nokia's recent announcements, and are hence looking for a new platform to showcase your talents, we say "Hello!" and "welcome to bada (operating system)," said a newsletter posted by a Samsung developer on the Internet.

"If you're new to the bada development, or are moving your app from Symbian, we'd like to welcome you."

Bada is Samsung’s platform for phones in the mid to low-range smartphone market.

Samsung said that the newsletter was not an official communication, having been sent by an employee at an event in India, and that the company has not initiated strategic hiring from Nokia.

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