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HMD Global’s Nokia Smartphones may step away from Android One for its own custom UI


Nokia licensed its name to Hmd Global Oy for selling Nokia-branded smartphones. Since then, the latter has been launching devices across different price points but is struggling to gain a greater ground lately amidst heavy competition from Chinese brands. In spite of this, the company has managed to tie up with Google to provide a clean software experience under the ‘Android One Program’. That may change now as HMD Global is hiring a new UX designer for its Android phones.


As reported by XDA, HMD Global seems to be looking for a new User Experience Designer. In a job listing posted on LinkedIn, the company is expecting the employee to focus on things like designing GUI elements like menus, tabs, and widgets, developing UI mockups and prototypes, creating original graphic designs, Identify and troubleshoot UX issues, etc.


Although there doesn’t explicitly say anything about a new UI development, citing a tipster, the XDA report says that this move a step in the direction of making their own custom UI.

As mentioned above, Nokia smartphones, under HMD Global, have mostly depended on Google’s Android One Program. Typically, they are intended to give a near-stock Android experience with no bloatware, faster and regular updates for up to two Generations of Android upgrades.

However, a lot has been going on in the camp of HMD Global lately. Before a scheduled April 8 launch event where it is expected to revamp the smartphone naming, its CPO and VP of the North America division, Juho Sarvikas announced his exit from the company.

Coming back, the job description of Nokia could also be for tinkering around a few of its first-party apps too. Nokia phones ship with their own Camera, My Phone apps just like Motorola have their own but a majority of the UI is clean with just Google Apps.


Either way, let’s wait for concrete info to find out if Nokia is indeed shifting from Android one in the future.



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