This section describes the main UI features and functionality of Nokia X software platform. It briefly discusses:
  • Glance screen
  • Notification drawer; notifications and wireless controls
  • Lock screen; locking and unlocking the screen
  • Main screens; Fastlane, Home, and Apps menu
  • Options menu
  • Hard keys

Stacked layers

Nokia X user interface is built around the concept of stacked layers that can be directly manipulated by the user.

Glance screen

Glance screen is the topmost stacked layer. It is shown whenever the display is locked by performing a short press on the Lock key. The display can also be locked automatically based on the automatic lock setting timeout. There are some apps where the screen is not locked automatically in case there are long periods of reading or watching content without further interaction: Browser, Camera, and Video player. Some other apps, such as games, also benefit from preventing the screen from locking. This can be done by refreshing the screen automatically in case there is no user input coming in.

Glance screen shows the current time and notification icons.

Notification drawer

Notification drawer is an extension of the status area and accessible for the user throughout the UI. As an exception, full screen applications have an option not to show the Notification drawer.

Notification drawer can be opened by swiping down the status area on top of any state except the Glance screen. Notification drawer contains two tabs, one for notifications and one for wireless controls. The drawer can be closed by pressing back key or swiping up.


Notifications is the first tab of the Notification drawer. Tapping on a notification will activate the intent associated with the notification (usually opening the app). Notifications are visible in the tab until the user:

  • Clears them by swiping the notification to left or right.
  • Accesses the app which sent the notification.
  • Clears all notifications with the 'Clear all' action button.

Wireless controls

Wireless controls is the second tab of the Notifcation drawer. It provides instant access to SIM cards, settings, and some frequently used controls, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Mobile data etc.

Lock screen

While on Glance screen, a press on the Lock key will invoke the Lock screen. The Lock screen's main purpose is to prevent any accidental interactions with the phone while it is not in use. The Lock screen contains:

  • User selectable wallpaper image, or album art in case the music player is playing.
  • Current date and time.
  • Music/radio info and controls.
  • Notification icons.
  • Some setting indicators (sound profile, battery etc.)

Unlocking the phone

On lock screen, bezel swipes (i.e., swipes starting from the frame of the phone) perform the following actions:

  • From the bottom: unlocks the device. Previously opened view is shown. Security code is required if that feature is set on.
  • From the right: opens the camera. Security code is not required.
  • From the top: opens the Notification drawer. Security code is not required.
  • From the left: does nothing.

Main screens

Nokia X UI has three parallel main screens: Fastlane, Home, and Apps menu. The screens are adjacent to each other, and a horizontal flick swaps between these.


Fastlane contains notifications, most recent apps, and upcoming events. Users can open ongoing active tasks, access content items, and initiate related actions such as replying to a conversation. Unfinished tasks like draft messages or draft contact cards can also be found from the Fastlane.


Home is a user-customisable view that contains:
  • App shortcuts
  • Folder shortcuts
  • Widgets
User can personalise the Home screen in the following ways:
  • Reorder the items.
  • Add and remove widgets.
  • Add and remove app shortcuts.
  • Resize the app shortcuts.
  • Resize widgets (if enabled by the widget).
  • Change the app shortcut background colour.

Apps menu

Apps menu lists all the installed apps in alphabetical order.

User can perform the following actions in the Apps menu:
  • Access apps.
  • Create folders.
  • Access alphabet shortcut by pressing on the alpha button.
  • Uninstall apps.
  • Pin app or folder shortcuts to Home screen.
  • Search device content.

Options menu

Options menu indicator is displayed at the bottom of the view. The menu can be revealed by swiping up from the bottom of the view.

Please note that this options menu is available only for the system applications and those applications that are supporting Android version 3.0 (API level 11) or smaller. More information about this can be found from the Porting guidelines section.

Hardware key behaviour

There are five hardware keys in Nokia X phones; Home button, Back button, Lock/Power key, and Volume keys.

Home button

Home button is located under the display. When the Home button is tapped, the recently visited main screen (Fastlane / Home / Apps menu) is shown. Tapping Home button on Fastlane or Apps menu opens the Home screen.

Back button

Back button is located under the display and is used to go back to the previous activity.

Pressing and holding the Back button opens ongoing tasks view.

Note: See the Tips section for more information about Back button behaviour.

Lock/Power key

Lock/Power key combines screen locking and powering on/off functions. Short press of the lock key locks the phone, and long press of the key will start powering off or powering on sequences.

Note: Lock key is reserved by the system and cannot be used for anything else than the above explained functions.

Volume keys

Volume keys are used for adjusting the volume of the ringer, calls, and volume in other apps when audio is enabled, similar to what you see with Android phones. The following output channels can be controlled by hardware volume key on the phone:
  • Built-in loudspeaker.
  • Accessory (wired or Bluetooth).
  • Earpiece.

If the phone is connected to an accessory, volume keys on the accessory can also control output volume. The volume keys always control the volume levels, except when the Camera application is in the foreground. When Camera is being used, the volume keys control the zoom level.

Last updated 19 June 2014

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