December 19, 2014

HTC admits Sense UI got cluttered, aims to fix with Sense 4.0

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A long time ago, when Android was a newborn baby and was growing rapidly, HTC launched their very own user interface, Sense UI to run along with Android.  First launched with the HTC Hero, it gave new users a bit of customization and personalization.  Critics generally praised Sense and it became a selling point for picking HTC Android phones over others.  But, as time passed, people began to complain about its intrusiveness and memory-eating UI. When asked about where Sense is today as how it has evolved even HTC says,  “Yes, that’s the problem”.

HTC’s chief product officer Kouji Kodera said he believes that HTC Sense was a true rocker in the beginning, but later on with each new Sense version, the UI became too cluttered. He said:

“From the original Sense up to Sense 3.5 we added too many things. The original concept was that it had to be simple and it had to be easy to use and we had that philosophy, but over time it got cluttered. There where too many things in there. Even on the home screen we had four or five icons before consumers got a chance to add things themselves. For the HTC One range we have taken it down to Sense 2 again.”

It’s always good to see a company who admits their mistakes and promise to fix them. At MWC, HTC introduced Sense 4.0 which is less cluttered and not killing the taste of the operating system you are running it on. Further more, he said:

“What we’ve done right now is a good mixture of keeping Sense and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich element in a good balance. We haven’t tried to change everything here. We have kept a lot of the ICS element but still added the Sense flavor on top of it.”

I hope the “balance” he is taking about will make the HTC fans happy. HTC knows that ICS has the required features and they didn’t want to ruin the ICS experience by adding too much customer elements. Well, HTC is getting back to its old and powerful position, and I am sure that their One series will bring in some good revenue.

Tell us what do you think about it in the comment box below.

Source: Pocket-Lint



  • Trev

    Sense Sucks Bring on more AOSP phones….the nexus line is not enough and Google seems to hate SD cards now which means I will never buy a Nexus phone again

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  • Dima_ksk

    cool – I feel good after reading something like this for a change – of
    course its also because I have an Evo and was 2d guessing “should I have
    gotten the I-Phone.” I agree with the prizefight comments – is the leap
    screen how it has 7 home pages? that is super cool and useful. no one
    mentioned that you can change scenes and have unlimited amounts of
    different combinations of the seven screens. ahh the learning curve is
    somewhat frustrating but just replaced reading before going to bed for a
    few nights. I love the device and want to be a beta tester for these
    things. I’ve been using mobile phones since carphones in ’86 and am
    somewhat of a road warrior. (my first EVO detatched itself from by belt
    in a stone quarry in VT my first day on the job with it – lost it! 3
    weeks later my 30 day trial was almost up and I almost bailed until I
    realized Sprint didn’t activate the hotspot feature and once they did
    and I figured out the scenes and nav and general stuff now I like it
    alot. OK here goes:
    I use mild reading glasses and can barely see
    the little dashes and stuff on the miserable keyboard – even a
    downloadable upgrade has the same micro mini crap like lawyers business
    cards – who thinks its cool to make stuff so tiny?! the leg is a good
    start but it needs two!! ever try to put it on your dash in your car for
    maps, gps – etc.? I have a first go to phone that is a bberry 9700
    because it syncs with my exchange 2000 and its smaller, easier to grab
    and voice dial with, e-mail and to take quick photos with – but the EVO
    beats it for everything else…except I have it in a soft lowes camera
    case in my pocket with multiple caribiners attached to a belt loop so I
    won’t loose the thing again! so the bberry is quicker to get and easier
    to use fast from the beltclip. oh yeah and they both share power cords
    so its easy to keep the EVO plugged in in the car and at different
    desks… and the bedstand so sucky battery life isn’t so much of an
    issue. got the 450 minute plan (cause bberry unltd t-mobile $99) and
    cell to cell is unltd w/sprint so whoopee! a couple of kick ass business
    phones and the EVO is pure pleasure too! now where are my beta testers?
    anytime you need help cnet…ciao

    • Ms Varenic

      your comments would have been helpful if they had been written in a
      comprehensive and logical maner. Stay off the blog scene untill you
      learn to write. Do not write as you speek,or speek as you write.

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