Gingerbread won’t change HTC’s Sense

If you are an HTC Android user you are most likely familiar with HTC Sense. HTC Sense is essentially the ‘skin’ of your Android operating system, it’s the reason you have a clock and weather widget as soon as you buy a new HTC Android. With Android 3.0 or Gingerbread, the UI would essentially be revamped. A question that rose out of that, is would HTC’s Sense or UI be affected.

In a recent interview with Forbes, the lead for HTC’s design team Drew Bamford, says that HTC’s sense UI should be fine. Google’s initial indication surrounding the new OS Gingerbread was a revamp or remodel of the user interface, and essentially making the interface a little more rounded, and user friendly. When Google first announced this, insiders, analysts and even some users questioned that HTC would need to scale back and or stop making changes or alterations to the Android phones that they produce. Branford disagrees, saying that he does not expect what Google is doing with 3.0 to affect the work he and others do at HTC with Android phones, stating “Google may focus more on improving the user interface on the stock Android [software], but I don’t think they’ll preclude manufacturer customization,”.

The interview with Bamford goes on to explain that HTC is currently committed to improve sense by making, the finding of new media and apps and even sharing that media easier. HTC would also like to better sync with cloud services, so data can be accessed from any drive anywhere and be OTA’d to the HTC device. Bamdford goes on to state they will most likely be collaborating with an established company to provide this cloud access. The company has also this month conducted surveys with groups of smartphone users, asking them what they would like to see or want in their smart phones. Bamford goes on to state that we will see the results of those surveys, “Within six to nine months”.

So things are on the up for HTC, with Gingerbread immanent this combination of Android and HTC could mean ‘take over’ in the near future.

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