HTCSense.com, the online portal HTC gave users access to more widgets, ringtones, and online backup tools is being shut down at the end of next month. HTCSense.com members have began to receive emails that the portal will soon undergo renovations and if they would like to download the data they have put into the site, that they must do so before April 30th or it will be deleted forever.
While we’re not really sure how well users had taken to HTCSense.com, we can’t say that we’re surprised that it will be leaving us next month. Sure, it may make sense to have an online portal exclusively for its own devices but this may also be a part of HTC’s strategy shift that it’s been talking about, and has so far delivered on. Still, even with claims of “renovation”, we can imagine that the updated portal will likely differ vastly from its previous iteration.
The new version of HTC Sense has been scaled back quite a bit and maybe the shutting down of HTCSense.com signals that HTC wants to step away from its software a bit more. That said, it could also be something completely different. While there is a large following behind the custom user interface, and we’re fans of it ourselves, it’s an experience that’s become both beautiful and bland at the same time. The newly updated version of Sense is refreshing in a handful of ways but we’re mostly excited that Android itself shines through a bit more.
HTC representative, Jeff Gordon, spoke to PhoneScoop about the recent move,
“This is in response to customer feedback, and HTC is working to improve our services to provide a more enhanced customer experience. What that enhanced customer experience looks like is yet to be announced.”
Hopefully we’ll see a refreshed HTCSense.com that will come with some interesting feature and will keep the users coming back. Until then, like a girlfriend kicking you out, HTC is telling you to “Get your sh*t and get out. ” – in a much nicer way.