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HTC has begun to scale down HTC Sense skin


The trend of heavy custom Android skins reached a peak a couple of years ago with endless additional features added by every other phone maker in an attempt to 'enrich' the stock experience. The epitome of this is widely believed to be the TouchWiz skin: a custom UI that is often associated with a ton of features that are of dubious real benefit. Now, Samsung is scaling it back.

HTC has also inflated its Sense skin with features, redrawing icons and menus, and doing everything the company can to differentiate itself. Now, it's also scaling back.

Nigel Newby-House, HTC’s head of product, has said to journalists that the company is beginning the process of scaling back the excessive features of the Sense skin. Newby-House is pushing engineers to stop a largely meaningless venture of endlessly redesigning menus and icons, but instead focus on truly meaningful to HTC and its experience features like BlinkFeed, Zoe, and themes.

Another point that HTC is working on is a common issue: just ask every user out there who has bought a non-Nexus Android phone recently that every time Google announces a new version of the platform, it's more of a frustration than joy. The reason for frustration is the fact that it takes so long until that new update arrives to non-Nexus phones, and often it doesn't arrive at all.

So rather than working on a repetitive email client that users don't really need, HTC has now committed to pushing updates to its unlocked version of the One A9 within 15 days after it's pushed to Nexus phones. It's all simple: HTC is on a mission to make the phone less frustrating, and ultimately less of a full time job.

source: Wired

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7 Comments

1. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I am surprised that Google says "together, not the same" while users (and now manufactures started to ) want the same experience on all phones. However it is nice to hear that the security upgrades will become much faster than before.

2. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

They career on windows phone was much better than android, sad to see them go in a year or two

3. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Scaling down their bezels would be much nicer improvement

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I say both.. come on now, who doesn't need fast security updates? talk about hitting 2 birds with one stone

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

no boom sound.

6. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Scaling down the features is a bad tendency.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Still lesser bloat, we want!

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