HTC details “radical shift in user experience design” in Sense 5

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  • Pessimist

    What? Who doesn’t use widgets? That’s absurd. I have like 15 widgets going.

    • Mexico Ron

      So much for the theory that people buy android to tinker, because they can customize it or because of widgets. Sheep get sold a line and they believe it. Similar to Samsung convincing people to use surplus tablets as phones and only then selling out of them.

    • Pahech

      How is that going against the customization element? Most people do their bulk of customization (or lack thereof) when they get their phone, gets it how they like it, and don’t really change it afterwards.

      Tinkerers still get an Android to tinker. Just because you don’t mess around with it doesn’t mean the option isn’t there.

      Or are you the type that bought into Apple’s ecosystem because you actually went through the thousands and thousands of applications individually? Or do you just use those few everyday?

  • Raymon

    If it’s not an iPhone, why would I waste my money…? :-/

    • Comment Master

      You are a Bag of S H I T

  • Felix

    OK, so. What’s the scoop on multitasking with it? Can it?

  • Michael

    This article says ” BlinkFeed focuses on providing users with quick-access content, from Twitter, Facebook and the web, that can be glanced over or ignored at will.” Windows Phone OS does the same thing, Blinkfeed was designed to mimic Windows Phone Live Tiles, both in design and implementation.

    Who would’ve thought Android would look like Windows Phone, guess they saw the beauty and productivity of Windows Phone Live Tiles, as they say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  • kenypowa

    Let’s put it this way. HTC’s “radical shift thinking” should include: not letting Sense holding back software updates. The hardware of many older phones is perfectly capable of running latest Jellybean, except they don’t get the update because Sense (being a terminal cancer as it is everywhere in the Android OS) is holding back.

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I’d like to point out Samsung Galaxy S2, announced more than 2 years ago at MWC, is getting 4.1.2 update where as HTC phones, many of them released in late 2011 that has better hardware specs, don’t see any Jellybean update. Oh, HTC One X, and One S, the super flagship phone from 2012, only get 4.1.1.

    Dear HTC, stop spending all your energy on all the crappy phones you are releasing, and focusing on updating your top phones to the latest Android.

  • Keith

    I guess HTC’s freefall wasn’t fast enough as it was. That looks bloody awful.

  • Tom

    Wow, lots of negativity towards Sense 5. I think it looks great and I agree with much of what they said – for ordinary users, not power users.

    So, I think it sounds great and that the biggest issue they will face is that most ordinary users haven’t heard of HTC.

  • stylinred

    looks like Metro UI streamlined even more

    I guess that’s why HTC decided to make Windows Phones’ to cop some ideas

  • Red the Dog

    I hope I have the choice not to update. I like my One X+ with icons in a grid thank you. I found with my iphone everytime I ‘upgraded’ the OS the phone would get slower.

  • KID ANDROID

    I don’t know where Sense 5 looks at all like windows? It doesn’t, windows is boring as hell. Sense 5 looks great and if anything it mimics flip board which is my favorite app & a must have for me. HTC has made a true gem with the HTC ONE, & if I didn’t already have the Galaxy Note 2 I’d be snatching the ONE up so fast you’d think I stole it. Samsung has its work cut out for them & I can’t wait to see if they rise to the occasion with the Galaxy S4.

    • stylinred

      It’s the metro ui that microsoft pioneered except unlike microsoft websites and htc took it 1 step further and took the monotone tiles out and replaced it with pictures

      imo it looks better than WP8 (i find that boring) however it is what it is

  • fandroid

    Its funny, Android jelly with Sense 5 and a side of Apple patent with Microsoft and blackberries. HTC ONE ohmy is that tasty…is it

  • williamworlde

    Hmmm….. Interesting article, and true. I like that HTC is reaching us on yet another Marketing level: We always want to have multiple options/features available to us, but not necessarily do we use them. Now HTC seems to be making the features even easier to use. Sort of like Windows 8 with its “radical new concept” that “everybody” hates. Hmmm….. Interesting indeed.

  • williamworlde

    Hmmm….. Interesting article, and true. I like that HTC is reaching us on yet another Marketing level: We always want to have multiple options/features available to us, but not necessarily do we use them. Now HTC seems to be making the features even easier to use. Sort of like Windows 8 with its “radical new concept” that “everybody” hates. Hmmm….. Interesting indeed…

  • fnair

    If a lot of people are too stupid/lazy to setup their home screens with icons and widgets and actually go digging in the app drawer everytime they want to launch an app, they are likely not going to setup the Blinkfeed and still go digging…

  • S2556

    I Don’t like what HTC did with sense 5. Maybe light smartphone users and the majority of the general public don’t use too many widgets (But many still do). However the power users NEED them. It brings so much more applications utilities and information at your finger tips on the home screen which is a necessity to any android power user.

    I understand why HTC is going after the mass market but pushing the power users to use android your way when it would hinder the phones ability is NOT the way to do it. If it had an unlocked bootloader it wouldn’t matter because then I could put AOKP on it or something and just have HTCs hardware. However HTC doesn’t like those options apparently. I want to give HTC a chance but they wont let me!

  • tomatoes11

    The Sense UI is the only UI that NEEDS a widget. The rest like touchwiz has the toggle settings in the notification tray, sense needs the toggle widget. Haha HTC sucks.

  • SC

    I’m sure someone’s going to make a clone of blink for all android devices

  • rspear

    Still tickled pink with my note 2, lol. (Personalized with my own widgets)

  • John

    If fewer than 10% of HTC users install widgets then why is Beautiful Widgets in the top ten best selling apps? I think HTC is totally off with those stat’s… How many Mobilesyrup HTC users never installed or added new widgets to their home screen please reply below!