Nokia licensed its name to HMD Global Oy for making Nokia-branded smartphones. And ever since then, the company has been launching devices across different price segments but still struggling to gain more ground lately. All thanks to heavy competition from Chinese brands.
According to a report by XDA, HMD Global appears 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.
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.