HTC's Sense 8 UI leaks in screenshots, might arrive with 'Freestyle' home screen layouts

We are expecting HTC to announce its long-awaited flagship on April 12, but this hasn't put an end to all the leaks. Quite the contrary, as the announcement date nears, we get more and more tidbits of info regarding its anticipated HTC 10. Earlier today, we stumbled upon a seemingly-real specs sheet about the phone, which left almost nothing to the imagination.

And now, another rather important aspect of the phone might have made its expected, but unofficial debut. A couple of screenshots just popped up, claiming to show HTC's Sense 8 UI in the flesh, and boy, isn't it a far cry from previous Sense iterations!

Chief among the novelties are the so-called "Freestyle layouts", which seemingly enables users to place app icons, widgets, and stickers wherever they want on the home screens and likely customize the appearance of these. Well, you can do this on any Android device, but stock manufacturers' launchers are not as flexible as the numerous third-party offerings, like Nova or Apex, which have way more customization options in tow.

Sense 8 might be taking a few pages from their books with Sense 8 UI, though it remains to be seen to what extent exactly. This will be a welcome decision if it's well-executed by the Taiwanese phone manufacturer, as more features are hardly a bad thing to have! Of course, we will have to wait for a few days before we see if the screenshots below are the real deal or not.

Additionally, there seem to be no on-screen navigation buttons. This is a clear indication for the presence of capacitive hardware ones, which is in line with what we expect from the HTC 10. For the time being, take them with some salt, but make sure to share your thoughts, if you have any!

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1. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Should be decent, most interesting phone this year I think...

2. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Good stuff! although icons seems to be a bit confusing..

3. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Look interesting. Hoping that it's software matches with it's hardware. Come on you htc!

4. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I hope this is just an optional launcher, it does match the theme shown in the background of this story though:

40. illregal

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It is optional, one of the screenshots on xda shows the option. Traditional or freestyle interface.

5. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

excitement on the highest level!

10. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Don't feed the troll.

13. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

About on-screen navigation bar, Stock Android/Nexus: Yes, LG: No objections, Sony: No comments, HTC: "Design problem, we need physical keys, please???". It's not fair. I love HTC's navigation bar. The icons look better than stock Android. It's not HTC without the navigation bar.

27. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

i agree. lets hope they give the choice to use them

16. Kumar123 unregistered

I'm Liking it so far. BTW, Great news Google is considering to move to Swift from Java. Less lag in the future version on android if they really switch.

25. FluffyBled unregistered

1 more programming language to learn :S!

37. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

C# is also a great option

20. Fardon

Posts: 96; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

Its like I have to do Phonearena's journalism for them. Thats the freestlye layout option. Furthermore here are more than 20 Sense 8 screenshots running on the midrange HTC Desire 826 that was shown at MWC, showing the normal layout and then the freestyle layout shown above and also the new camera app. This is where the Mydrivers site stole some of their screenshots from. And also the users opinion of the dual speaker set up the Desire 826 has (earpiece + bottom speaker) which the HTC 10 will also be using and will likely sound even better due to it being a flagship. "Regarding the speakers - I just got a test version of Desire 825 that was announced at MWC and it definitely has two speakers. One is in the earpiece and the other at the bottom near the microUSB port. You can see audio options in the attached screenshots. Sounds quite good and this a mid-range phone."

22. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Looks like the ui is made for children

23. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Hmm. Not sure about this. Looks a little.... not professional and ugly?

26. gavilan355

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Although I have the galaxy s7 edge, and I feel like it's the best phone for this year. I am secretly wanting HTC to come out with a great phone that I could recommend my friends.

28. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Anyone else notice the date is April 1st in one of the screenshots?

30. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

April Fools Article. The UI is bound to be uglier

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