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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."

Source: Pocket-Lint



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Stock Android please
By ZorkZork on 3/1/2012 5:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Sense is actually one of the best Android customizations out there but I would still rather have the stock Android image. Here is why. It takes time for HTC and the others to build their stuff on top. By the time they have something it will only be a short time before next version of Android is out which brings so much new that I would rather have the new Android version over an “improved” old version. Android is such a fast moving target that HTC and the others will not be able to keep up.

Now I hate to bring in the Apple guys but customizations are one thing they do correctly: They have no customizations (carrier, OEM, whatever). When Apple pushes out a new version, everybody gets it at the same time. One image for the world. Then consumers can customize by installing Apps. Good thing is, that since Android is much more flexible in terms of user customizations, this model would work even better on Android.

Here is what I would like for HTC (and the others): Keep your phone customizations at a minimum. In practice, your customizations should be limited to drivers and getting the Google apps on the phone. Then, setup your own app store (or “rent a corner” in Android Market) where we can get HTC only apps. That is how you should deliver your customizations. In the end, it will not be your customizations that drive your marketshare. It will be hardware design, specifications, quality, etc. Please give up trying to compete on software. You do not have the resources of Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

And carrier customizations make things even worse. Good thing that most European carriers do not insist on carrier customizations.




RE: Stock Android please
By bug77 on 3/2/2012 4:11:05 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Now I hate to bring in the Apple guys but customizations are one thing they do correctly: They have no customizations (carrier, OEM, whatever). When Apple pushes out a new version, everybody gets it at the same time. One image for the world. Then consumers can customize by installing Apps. Good thing is, that since Android is much more flexible in terms of user customizations, this model would work even better on Android.


That would be true if it weren't for the drivers. Apple has a handful of devices so testing a new OS on all of them is not a big deal. But try doing that on Android, when you don't even own the phones. So even without customizations, there would still be multiple parties involved in delivering an update. That's insane, imho, since I'd never rely on a manufacturer giving me a new Windows/Linux version.


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