HTC Admits to Sense UI "Bloat", Says Sense 4.0 is Less Complex
March 1, 2012 11:03 AM
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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."
HTC One X
"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."
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Better font control
3/1/2012 1:36:26 PM
I just wish they had better font control, you can alter the size of fonts for easier reading of different screens. Alot of phones say they let you swap fonts and such, but most are actually stuck on fonts that only apply to a few app screens and such, cant adjust them for the entire phone, so everything is easier to read.
Also HTC updates the expand feature, like iphone has. You can enlarge any screen for easier reading.
HTC only apply to a few screens, but alot of them once you start clicking around the phone to sub options, everything gets static, cant adjust views or reading size at all, even in web pages and e-mails. Very hard to read an e-mail with alot of text that wont enlarge and is static to the size of the phone screen. Unless you have laser eyesight, it just becomes impossible to read the small text.
They need to make the swipe enlarge across all screens so folks can make things bigger for reading, not just email or web pages only, like iphone does global, so can read everything easier as needed.
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