New HTC Sense UI for Android on it’s way; Gingerbread UI overhaul not an issue

Sense UI

Despite Google’s plans to give the Android OS a complete UI overhaul with its upcoming “Gingerbread” Android OS, HTC has no intentions of stopping development on its Sense UI. In fact, a new version of the sexy Android skin may be on its way shortly.

HTC lead designer Drew Bamford says that the Sense UI is here to stay, no matter what Google introduces with their next major iteration of the Android platform, dubbed Gingerbread.

Google may focus more on improving the user interface on the stock Android [software], but I don’t think they’ll preclude manufacturer customization.

So you Sense lovers don’t need to worry, the UI you love is apparently here to stay, even if it does delay the release of Android OS by a fair margin.

What sort of optimizations could HTC be bringing us this time around? When Sense with Eclair was released, they brought in some cool features, but none were necessarily Eclair related. We saw the Leap feature, which allows you to view all seven of your homescreens when you pinch your home screen or tap on home twice. There was also  FriendStream which consolidates all of your social networks into one stream. I found this addition useless, only because I use Twitter more as a business tool. As for Facebook. I’m not really in love with Facebook. But I’m sure many users appreciate the streamlined integration of both Twitter and Facebook into FriendStream.

What could we expect with a Froyo’d Sense? I really have no idea what might be coming from HTC’s excellent design team. Froyo boasts a lot of back-end optimizations, so most of the dirty aesthetic work is up to HTC. I doubt that will be much of a problem. Although I’m growing a little sick of custom skins on Android, Sense really brought the OS to a whole new level, and is much nicer on the eyes. Whatever enhancements HTC brings to the Sense UI, I’d expect nothing but gold.

That said, I wish they’d kill Sense off for at least one phone and give users an option to stick with a stock Android experience. While manufacturers use skins to differentiate themselves from other Android devices, it’s hard to mistake HTC’s awesome eye for design.

What features do you want HTC to bring to the table with their new Sense UI?

[Via: Phonedog]

  • BEATLBABE

    IF NO ONE WILL ADOPT THE NEW GINGERBREAD UI WHAT WILL HAPPEN. HOPEFULLY THERE’S ANOTHER NEXUS COMING ALONG??? =) JUST IT’S NOT NAMED NEXUS? I LIKE THE STOCK ANDROID. NO CLUTTER AND INSTANT UPDATES.

  • @superlinkx

    I agree. I love Sense. It seems to slow down upgrades a bit, but then, ever since the G1 stopped being the only Android phone, even stock Android phones don't get upgraded very fast. Manufacturers just need to chill on the newer handsets and give better back support. Sense slowed it down some, but other manufacturers took about as long too, even longer. Sense seems to offer enough to make it worth the trouble. The entire UI is nicer, though I do like the cooliris Gallery on stock phones a little better, I think if HTC would make theirs integrate with Picasawebs, I would be happy. Contacts and social components are better presented and flow nicer than normal Android and their widgets make it impossible for me to change my home app. I keep wanting to switch, but widgets like Agenda are just too good to live without. Their design is amazing, and its the only one I like besides stock Android. Motoblur is junk and Samsung over customizes and its not quite as nice overall.

  • mysky911

    i love sense too… but it come with too much of softwares that we may not love some…….
    will great if HTC let us to choose and uninstall those we don like…. can save alot of space and boast the performance too…..

  • Lucian Armasu

    If Google wants Android to be as ubiquitous on mobile devices, as Windows is today on PC’s and laptops, they need to keep the same interface for Android.

  • CHOICE!!!

    just give us a choice! i like sense but i want to be given a choice to enable or disable it on demand. why do these vendors insist on making choices for us. android is open not closed like apple. if i wanted a closed ecosystem i'd go with an android phone. come on htc, allow me the choice.

  • Slacker

    Choice is good but uniformity wins out in the end

    • Lollylicker

      well, for the first few minutes, until the owner discovers the Market and how to change themes etc…

  • Billlll Student

    I need nothing but a mere support for wifi proxy settings. It shouldnt be that hard…..

  • Lolly

    I LOVE SENSE! It’s by far the nicest and most user friendly interface and it make HTC stand out.

    I wouldn’t ever turn it off, but it does seem like some people would want to, so an on/off button would be good, but I say HTC sense til I die!

    • Lollylicker

      Each to their own I suppose, I hate it. Give me stock, vanilla Android anyday, if I want to fill my phone with useless, cpu sapping eyecandy and replace apps that work well with other less useful, less integrated and plain buggy crapware it should be my choice. Oh well, at least CyanogenMod runs on Desires…

    • Lollylicker

      Each to their own I suppose, I hate it. Give me stock, vanilla Android anyday, if I want to fill my phone with useless, cpu sapping eyecandy and replace apps that work well with other less useful, less integrated and plain buggy crapware it should be my choice. Oh well, at least CyanogenMod runs on Desires…

    • Lollylicker

      Each to their own I suppose, I hate it. Give me stock, vanilla Android anyday, if I want to fill my phone with useless, cpu sapping eyecandy and replace apps that work well with other less useful, less integrated and plain buggy crapware it should be my choice. Oh well, at least CyanogenMod runs on Desires…

    • Lollylicker

      Each to their own I suppose, I hate it. Give me stock, vanilla Android anyday, if I want to fill my phone with useless, cpu sapping eyecandy and replace apps that work well with other less useful, less integrated and plain buggy crapware it should be my choice. Oh well, at least CyanogenMod runs on Desires…

  • Lolly

    I LOVE SENSE! It’s by far the nicest and most user friendly interface and it make HTC stand out.

    I wouldn’t ever turn it off, but it does seem like some people would want to, so an on/off button would be good, but I say HTC sense til I die!

  • demonXD

    i hope its coming to htc wildfire android 2.2

  • ignatzz

    sense = bloatware, shorter battery life, and blue tooth incompatibilities.  i love my evo 4g but sense is making me think about switching . . .

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