Nokia smartphones could get Lumia Camera UI in near future

HMD Global received 500 design patents from Microsoft including Lumia Camera UI, however, Microsoft still holds patents for PureView, ClearBlack and PureMotion technologies

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Highlights

    • HMD Global receives 500 design patents from Microsoft Mobile Oy
    • Lumia Camera UI expected to feature in upcoming Nokia smartphones
    • Microsoft still holds patents for PureView, ClearBlack and PureMotion technologies

HMD Global had launched a trio of Nokia Android smartphones, and a slew of new Nokia branded smartphones are expected to arrive by the end of the year. While the Nokia Android smartphones feature a custom camera app, the Finnish company might seem to integrate a much more innovative camera UI in the future Nokia smartphones.

According to a document released by EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), nearly 500 design patents have been transferred from Microsoft to HMD Global. One of the design patents that have been recently transferred to the Finnish company is for the Lumia Camera UI. To recall, the Lumia Camera UI was created for Nokia branded Windows phone. Now HMD Global seems to bring the old school back to its upcoming and most likely the existing Android (Nokia-branded) phones.

Nokia Lumia Camera UI
Nokia Lumia Camera UI

Evidently, the ‘trademark ownership’ was received by HMD Global from Microsoft Mobile Oy on July 26 as per the trademark listing. However, Microsoft still holds patents for PureView, ClearBlack and PureMotion technologies. According to the document from EQUIPO, the company has still about 200 design patents with them. Further, as per reports, Microsoft has the license to use Nokia IPR and technology, but the rights remain with HMD Global, the exclusive licensee that manufacture and markets Nokia branded smartphones.

The integration of the iconic Lumia UI into existing Nokia Android smartphones lineup sounds interesting. These patents might help the Finnish company to compete with rivals who have been aggressively implementing advanced technologies on their flagship devices.

HMD Global recently partnered Zeiss to enhance imaging experience on future Nokia smartphones. Reports suggest that Nokia’s upcoming flagship, the highly anticipated Nokia 8 (or Nokia 9) might feature Carl Zeiss lens with a dual camera arrangement.