HTC Sense 6 UI vs Sense 5.5 UI: a visual walk through the changes

HTC Sense 6 UI vs Sense 5.5 UI: a visual walk through the changes
Ah, the ever-changing nature of Android! For better or worse, it seems like each year manufacturers are basically forced to reiterate on details ranging from hardware down to software. The result is a sense of constant advancement, but also confusion, as older device are increasingly looking more and more different from their contemporary counterparts. This can be a hurdle to your average Joe, who doesn't spend his night satiating his tech thirst.

With the HTC One 2014, the Taiwan-based company has taken the opportunity to try and delight potential buyers with a refreshed UI. Dubbed Sense 6, we wanted to see just how big of a difference it introduces when compared with the now older Sense 5.5 interface. We always call it as we see it, though in this particular instance we do have to admit that design is an inherently subjective matter. That said, we'd argue that HTC went down the path most traversed. As a result, it has updated its UI to be more in touch with currently trending, modernistically-flat design language. 

Now, don't get us wrong -- we actually appreciate the looks of the new Sense UI -- but we do have to note that it now blends in with the crowd instead of making a statement like it used to. Sure, structurally -- the interface takes the same shape -- though we did like and easily recognize the sleek, semi-flat look of old. Whether this will work in HTC's favor on the whole is impossible to tell, but you could surely take a look and decide for yourself.

Note: Sense 6 is always on the left (portrait) or top (landscape).

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16 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

not that many changes, which is understandable since Sense 5.5 was already polished and near to perfect. Hope they add the Beauty shot found on the Galaxys as well as for smart stay on the next version.

4. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Beats Audio is gone?

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Beats bought. out their share from HTC back in 2012. -__-

7. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I know that. But that doesn't mean they can't use it.

9. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

you can always download their official app from the Play Store

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, that doesn't look to bad, KitKat also seems to be helping make the UI more uniform looking.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I prefer blue accent. Why green? Looks like Samsung.

8. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I totally agree. Green looks like Gingerbread. I replaced my greens with blues on my S4. UI does look pretty clean but the phone sucks. Huge, heavy and crappy camera with 4mp. Yuck. I still can't believe how much they blew it. Ugh. I am really upset. I had some hope. Now I can't recommend this phone to any of my family or friends.

13. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Sadly HTC really did a poor job with the camera and the size. At least make it water and dust proof to compensate for the huge size

11. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

That's the good part, you can change the accent colours!

12. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Really? I did not know that.

5. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

If this comes to the original one, I'm buying it. I just can't stand on screen buttons.

10. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

In my opinion it's step backward. Sense 5.5 with black theme look so much better and classy.

14. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

whats the differens between both one's ?? nothing, no really nothing worst camera this decade ( s4 & ip5s are better ) design became uglier no beats audio no OIS bad battery specs are exactly the same, but new processor !!! and still saying the s5 was not a good phone ??????????????

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The screenshot of Sense 5.5 seem to show Singapore's weather. Hmmm...

16. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

HTC one 2014. Is great and super premium and beauty and camera this time good enough And battery is great results even by less capacity Now this is verey good phone. I choose this phone and buy For better camera I don't loos premium feeling unique body and beautiful design best speakers Aluminum and best inter face in android phones

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