HTC Considers "Senseless" One Smartphone
May 24, 2013 8:00 AM
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HTC One with plain old Android expected this summer
One of the biggest headaches in the Android smartphone realm is the
lag time between when Google releases an OS update
and when smartphone manufacturers release their own customized version. That can mean when Google releases a new version of Android, it can be months before some users are able to get it on devices that use custom user interfaces.
HTC is now reportedly considering offering a version of the popular HTC One smartphone that lacks the
unloved Sense user interface
. Multiple sources are now indicating that HTC has a software build in the works for a plane
running nothing but Android 4.2.2.
At this point, the rumors don't offer any indication of exactly how people will go about purchasing a version of the HTC One running plain Android. The device could be sold via the Google Play Store, but that is unconfirmed.
Sources did indicate that HTC will make the Sense-less version of the One available first in the U.S. The one caveat to a Sense-less version of the HTC One could be the lack of software support for some of the features that make the phone so good, such as BeatsAudio the HTC ImageSense software.
HTC also already has a Developer Edition of the One, and a Senseless version could muddy the waters for the company.
At this year’s Google I/O conference, Google announced a
“pure” version of the Samsung Galaxy S IV
that uses the stock Android operating system.
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RE: Note to Android phone manufacturers
5/25/2013 12:12:12 PM
While I do not agree with calling everyone who is into this stuff "nerds", Spuke does have a very valid point. I think we all need to keep in mind the arguments being made here are all relative.
AverageJoe consumer buys a phone for the flashy features and gimmicks. They don't know "more responsive UI" because the UI they have has the features they want and that 10ms difference in loading times or page flips doesn't mean jack to them (not that I've ever seen a problem with response time on any of my friend's HTC phones).
Software updates? I couldn't even count how many people I know who own smartphones (iPhone and Android) that aren't even aware there are updates or what those updates have/do. In addition to that, the mass consumer market does not want to or even know how to find all the apps that give them those features the phone already came with.
It's just like computers.. Want a more responsive and reliable computer? Buy the components, build it yourself, install the software. Does AverageJoe consumer do that? Of course not. They buy the off the shelf computer stuffed with bloatware and garbage because all that crap looks neato to them.
With that, the real issue here is Sense is dated and might not be as appealing as it used to be. When they first released it, Android's basic interface wasn't nearly as refined as it is today. Sense gave HTC something to use for that geewiz factor I mentioned above and they sold tons of phones. They might be better off dropping Sense as the UI, but keeping all the pre-installed widgets they typically offer.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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