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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RE: UI as an option.
3/2/2012 4:44:42 AM
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
* 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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