Would you prefer to see a Nokia UI or vanilla Android on the upcoming Nokia branded smartphones?

Would you prefer to see a Nokia UI or vanilla Android on the upcoming Nokia branded smartphones?
So, Nokia smartphones are coming back — cue the parties. And they won't be on Windows or Symbian — no, no, the Nokia brand will be using Android as the operating system for its handsets. And some rumors are already claiming that it will be the coveted near-stock experience.

As you most probably know, most manufacturers use a reskinned and modified version of Android for their smartphones in order to differentiate themselves on the market. Features, functions, and even the way the phone behaves are often played with to create a unique experience. Some people like it and gravitate towards the heavy interfaces of Samsung and LG, while others prefer the stock look and feel of Android without any extra tampering.

Nokia has already demonstrated that it's willing to experiment with the Android interface on their devices by pre-loading its proprietary Z Launcher on the Nokia N1 tablet that launched a couple of years ago. But will HMD go with a full-blown proprietary Nokia UI on the upcoming smartphones? And would you prefer to see that or would you rather the manufacturer just deliver a nice, clean version of Android instead?

Would you like the Nokia phones to have a proprietary UI or vanilla Android?

As clean of an Android experience as possible, please
36.36%
I'm OK with some proprietary skins and features, but not too much
29.87%
Go crazy with it, Nokia, I want to see an insanely feature-laden interface!
33.77%

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24 Comments

1. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if they can port N9 UI, why not?

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Yes to that.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2658; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This. A million times this.

12. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Agree 1000%

20. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yeees!! I would love to see a more pure UI, but with MeeGo/Asha/Symbian visual identity. Oh Nokia... please do not forget the MeeGo/Asha/Symbian icons! They are really beautiful (I think this is why Samsung copied them in the S6/S7/Note5/Note7) PS: Im talking about the rounded square icons (or squared circle?)

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think they should strive to be in the middle of the scale with stock Android being on the one side and TouchWiz being on the other. Stock Android does feel sometimes naked and overly simplistic when it comes to the interface, but on the same token there are people who find TouchWiz to be overly complex.

3. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

I really like gestures on TouchWIz, particularly swipe sideways to take screenshots.

17. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

TouchWiz UI is only found on Samsung Devices. Like HTC UI is called HTC Sense, LG UI for Android is called LG UX. To be honest I think they should have their own UI with abundan of features and ease of use as I prefer overly complex than simplistic. People can install Google Now or Nova Launcher if they prefer Stock Android UI.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree. Stock feel bare but vendor custom rom is too over the top. The best is to ship stock and develop the Nokia Launcher as a seperate add-on. That way, the user can choose which they prefer. The Nokia Launcher could also be downloaded and use as a promotion tool for other Android users. Nokia really need to do things different from other Android OEM to create that unique Nokia experience. The best way to start is to delight their user from unboxing to device setup to daily usage.

4. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I can live with a Nokia skin but NOT if it's like Samsung Ultra Over skinning so takes forever to update.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Exactly what i had in mind. Nokia adding some of their stuffs would be good but not heavily skinned like touchwiz.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

No, I want Meego.

7. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Definitely Pure Android experience, If Nokia comes up with their own ROM then it will be Z launcher ROM that's boring.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

PA what happened to being able to vote on cells.

11. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I also can't vote and I'm not switching to desktop version with the hefty ads.

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Adblock is your friend.

21. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I'm on the desktop and I can't vote

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I would like to see a active front screen similar to WP. As Arrow doesnt do that.

15. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well with the new Samsung interface I find it usefull not too bloated and definitely smoother and snappier from the old one so I don't mind a Nokia skin if it'll be a useful one

16. monoke

Posts: 1196; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Go crazy with it as long as it's smooth and snappy. Be unique, differentiate yourself. Why offer the same? Meego looking ui would be awesome!

19. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I would love to see a more pure UI, but with MeeGo/Asha/Symbian visual identity. Do not forget the MeeGo/Asha/Symbian icons! They are really beautiful (I think this is why Samsung copied them in the S6/S7/Note5/Note7)

22. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Would love to see 6600 ruining android

23. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Would love to see 6600 running Android

24. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

no android MEEGO please.

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