HTC designer shows concept video of a button-less HTC Ocean smartphone

UPDATE: It looks like Danelle has locked up his online portfolio and the video can't be seen there. Head to the article's end to watch a copy of the video.

HTC product designer Danelle Vermeulen offered an interesting glimpse at how things within the smartphone maker's house usually happen. Within two days, the design team created a concept video presenting the HTC Ocean – a handset with two cameras and a standout feature. On his website, Vermeleuen says the concept is "a great example of a typical project within HTC" – in this case, "an answer to a call to pitch to a conceptual idea for CEO buy-in".

The HTC Ocean's frame is touch-sensitive, letting designers add contextual controls that occupy very little screen space and lead towards a clean, streamlined user interface. The feature is called Sense Touch and it gives us an idea of the kind of technology HTC might be toying with for its next high-end smartphones. For example, swiping the right edge calls Google's voice assistant, while swiping the same spot inside the Music app changes the volume. Likewise, the user is able to control the camera while within the photography app.

The smartphone itself has an understated appearance that combines the features of the HTC 10 with those of the yet to be announced (and also HTC-made) Google Pixel smartphone. There is no branding, and the device is devoid of buttons – which might be part of the Sense Touch concept.

For now, though, the HTC Ocean is merely a sleek concept smartphone rather than something that's guaranteed to manifest in the coming months.



1. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I was going to say that this should have given HTC the chance to greatly reduce their always big bezels, but if they can use that bottom bezel for gestures that would be great. Sure they could probably do gestures on a smaller bezel than that, but with a bigger one I'm sure it would help in preventing accidental commands.

2. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Later other oem will follow htc footprint, then everyone forgot about htc. I think Htc was cursed

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the HTC 10 is a fantastic phone and if they can move forward from there with something like this give it a year or 2 and HTC should be back in battle with the big boys , whether you like it or not HTC has the best build quality and in hand feeling and the best audio experience on the market ... love using the 10 and cant wait for their next flagship

4. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

This phone already exists. They call it : Huawei P9...

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Now everyone will copy from HTC.

6. 48Chevy

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I have an Ocean! A Hello Ocean. In a box. In the basement, where it has been since 2008.

7. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yes. This is the future of what touch based phone ui should be! Swipes and gestures are intuitive once you get familiar with it. Do away with persistent buttons on or off screen paradigm I say.

8. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

The page prompts me for a password. How to proceed to the video?

9. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

I tryed "Htc is the best" "Htc marry me" but it didnt work,so idk

10. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

It looks like Danelle locked us out :/

11. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Anyone knows the name of the song.

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