HMD’s Nokia Global Phones have earned a reputation for offering timely updates and solid software support. A large number of Nokia phones are part of Google’s Android One program and run an almost stock version of Android out of the box. But it seems that the company may be looking to give its software a distinct touch and identity.
One of our readers told us that HMD Global hires a “user experience designer”. The job description is rather vague, but our tipster believes the company is hiring a UX designer because they want to create their own user interface for Android. Most Nokia phones are currently shipped with the Android Inventory user interface as part of the Android One program. Even non-Android One phones sold in the US by HMD Global still have an Android stock user interface – they just do not have the same update guarantees.
The description does not explicitly indicate which actual product the UX / Designer will work on. It could be simple because HMD Global plans to touch on some first-party apps, and these will also need a UX designer. Android One does not prohibit equipment manufacturers from shipping their own apps. Nokia phones do not have a long list of first-party apps, with the full camera app and my phone app being the only first-party options.
The main responsibility for the job includes designing graphical user interface elements like menus, widget tabs, developing user interface and prototype models, creating original graphic designs and so on. The UX / UX designer will be responsible for providing the best online and mobile user experience, the job description said. You can check out LinkedIn’s job posting here.
Even if Nokia is not interested in developing its own user interface on top of Android inventory, some first-party apps and customizations that give Nokia phones their identity and character probably won’t hurt. Motorola’s Moto One series has shown that you can still add your personal talent and useful customizations to the stock software without going overboard. HMD Global may be trying to track Motorola’s lead here.
Thanks for the tip, DaPanda!
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