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Sense 4.0 promises it won't hide Android 4.0

Many Android smartphone fans will agree that custom OEM user interfaces for Android often muddle the user experience. Some users prefer the standard Android interface, but much of the ire felt against custom user interfaces on Android is that they often significantly delay the rollout of operating system updates.
One Android user interface that has drawn its share of criticism is HTC's Sense UI.
HTC's chief product officer, Kouji Kodera, has gone on the record saying that Sense UI has become too complicated. According to Kodera, despite the fact that millions of HTC users like Sense UI, it has become too cluttered and complex.
"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 were too many things in there," Kodera continues. "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."
Kodera promises that the fourth version of HTC's interface is much more refined. He also promises that the new version doesn't completely shed the Android operating system just for the sake of covering it up.
HTC is set to roll out the fourth version of its Sense UI on coming smartphones including the HTC One X, One S, and the One V.
"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 flavour on top of it."

Source: Pocket-Lint

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UI as an option.
By Tequilasunriser on 3/1/2012 11:24:06 AM , Rating: 5
I still wish they would allow the UI to be an option.

That way people that like sense can have their sense while other like myself can uninstall it in favor of vanilla Android. (without having to root and flash roms)

RE: UI as an option.
By nafhan on 3/1/2012 12:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
That said: HTC, at least, is tending towards unlocked phones going forward. So, "rooting" consists mostly of agreeing to "this may void your warranty" messages, and custom ROM installation consists mostly of downloading a file and placing it on your SD card. Still, it'd be nice if that wasn't necessary.

I actually like the "look" of Sense, but I got rid of it because it was buggy. :(

RE: UI as an option.
By danjw1 on 3/1/2012 1:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
But with ICS all OEMs need to allow you to go to the base UI from google. So you CAN DO THAT .

RE: UI as an option.
By piroroadkill on 3/2/2012 4:04:58 AM , Rating: 1
I don't actually mind. I've used vanilla Gingerbread, and Sense 3 Gingerbread. I actually like some of the things Sense adds.

It's not like you have to use the shitty launcher (I certainly don't).

RE: UI as an option.
By Spoelie on 3/2/2012 4:44:42 AM , Rating: 2
I actually did miss a lot of Sense functionality when going from Sense Froyo to stock Gingerbread, my first 2 weeks was trying to find (free) apps that added functionality that in my opinion was worse stock than in Sense:
* dialer (the keypad didn't search contacts, why god why??)
* contacts (source some fb data)
* sms app
* keyboard
* camera app
* calendar, weather and clock widgets

SenseUI does make sense for the average consumer IMO; even though bloated, it does work better than stock for those that don't know how or like to tinker with their phones.

Disclaimer: this was with Froyo Sense 1 (or 2?) vs stock Gingerbread. My experiences with stock ICS on a tablet are much better, eager to try ICS on a phone as well.

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