Nokia Mobile aka HMD Global has been dedicated to the Android One platform for its smartphones so far. But if a recent job opening is any indication, it seems that Nokia Mobile may be working to create a new Android experience via its dedicated Android launcher on Nokia smartphones.

The job opening is for a mid-senior level design professional versed in UX/UI design for mobile. What is even more interesting is that this role will belong to Nokia Mobile’s “newly established services team”. The role requires interfacing with Development team, Marketing, Customer Support and Customers.

So, is HMD Global planning a more dedicated developmental effort for the Nokia phones and smartphones that includes software customization too? This sounds more like Nokia than HMD Global which is really good.

Our newly established Services team is looking for UX/UI Designer to help execute a user-friendly design for our products.

Key Responsibilities: As an UX/UI Designer, you will be responsible for delivering the best online and mobile user experience, which makes your role extremely important for our success and ensuring customer satisfaction and loyalty. Role requires interfacing with Development team, Marketing, Customer Support and Customers.

  • Gather and evaluate user requirements in collaboration with product managers and engineers
  • Illustrate design ideas using process flows and sitemaps
  • Design graphic user interface elements, like menus, tabs and widgets
  • Develop UI mockups and prototypes that clearly illustrate how feature function and look like
  • Create original graphic designs (e.g. images, sketches and tables)
  • Identify and troubleshoot UX problems
  • Conduct layout adjustments based on user feedback

This is what many Nokia fans have been asking for. While Android One brings purity of Android experience, it lags behind many other manufacture-installed launchers in terms of features and Google usually is a follower like Apple in terms of bringing new features to Android.

While Android One does have performance benefits over the manufacture-installed launchers, as a platform Android One has not tasted success. And this has been the case with other Android manufacturers too, not only Nokia Mobile.

HMD Global is undergoing change in overall product strategy as has been hinted by change in naming convention of smartphones followed by the recent departure of CPO Juho Sarvikas. So, perhaps we will hear more about all these significant moves made by HMD Global team on April 8. Suddenly the launch event looks much more important now.

Thanks Signor for the tip. Cheers!!