New rumors about the HTC M7 design and Sense 5.0's "simple and clean" UI

New rumors about the HTC M7 design and Sense 5.0's
"Simple and clean" aren't exactly words that anyone would have used to describe HTC's Sense UI a couple years ago, but HTC has been working to make it cleaner over the years, and apparently that push is continuing with Sense 5.0. New rumors say that a big push with Sense 5.0 is to make the UI more "simple and clean", and we've also got word about the design of the M7 hardware as well.

According to an HTC insider, the hardware could look similar to the DROID DNA with an all-black chassis and materials similar to those used in the DROID DNA. There is said to be a “very nice looking beveled edge” around the M7's 1080p display rumored at around 4.7", although it's unclear what exactly that means. The last bit of hardware design news is one that splits opinions. It seems that the M7 will have capacitive buttons, and not the soft buttons that Google has been pushing with the last couple Nexus devices. 

Other than saying that Sense 5.0 is planned to be more "simple and clean" there aren't a lot of other specifics. Word has it that there will be changes to the lockscreen, the baked-in HTC apps, and on-screen elements like volume controls, but those predictions seem like more easy guesses than real insider info. 

source: HTC Source via pocketnow



1. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I think HTC's Sense is a lot simpler and cleaner than Apple's UI, so at least I give HTC the credit they rightfully deserve. Here's to HTC and Sense in 2013!!

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I could see cleaner, but nothing is as simple as Apple's grid of icons.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered simple its frustrating! But also, this phone sounds exciting cant wait to see more

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I would say Symbian is simple... And you get a home screen, FREE!!

24. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

true that. Apple made, IOS the simplest UI for everyone. Even kids know how to navigate on IOS devices without being taught what to do. And also, if you gave an old IOS user an android, trust me, they will get lost in no time. Haha

28. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

You do have a valid point there, Apple's grid is about as simple and elementary as it gets. So much so, that iPads are used in Special Ed classes and in special schools for children with learning disabilities - very good point, my apologies.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iOS is the most simplest UI on a mobile phone. If you can make a UI that's simpler than a grid of icons, then I will be impressed.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly press the icon and into the app I go. How much more simple can u get?

45. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wll. It was. I think that windows has an upper hand right now. It's as simple as it gets. Clean, fast. IOS still looks like a product from 2007. Too colorful. On the baby side a little bit.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U can't possibly mean that. I know u hate apple, but wow really?

46. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't hate apple, if the comment was toward me. I just dislike them due to their policy nd the way they doing their bussines. I'm aware of apple's superiority for the last 3 or 4 years, since they released the first iphone and the rest was trying to do something similar. They were on top long enough to pick up nasty habits. Now google is doing the same blocking google maps or youtube on windows devices). I find ios a dull interface and win7/7,5/7,8 or 8 looks way better, even though it is alike restricted.

26. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Id like to see simpler mean very vanilla with the sense widgets. Which at this rate it seems like sense 6 or 7 will be.

30. MeoCao unregistered

It still puzzles me why OEMs try to use their own skins, the obvious answer is differentiation, but there's another legitimate question: Would any person want to look different with some kind of snake skin, or bear skin? differentiation means to make things better not worse.

37. Superpiff

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 29, 2012

Differentiation means to set your self apart and with the whole snake,bear skin thing people already do that its called tattoos.I see your point though why put on a skin if its a hindrance in comparison to stock

40. MeoCao unregistered

I like your tatoo comparison. sometimes it's fun to have a tatoo, and only for some people. What if you HAVE to wear a tatoo no matter what? I think HTC and any other OEM should instead concentrate the resources to add useful distinctive features to their phones.

32. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Nokia 3310 is the simplest phone has ever made

36. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I agree, maybe the iOS UI is simple, but it lacks the advantages of widgets, I personally use them a lot and just one more touch and you get the same arranged app grid that iOS has.

4. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Hmmm, Go HTC!!!

5. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Hm... simpler and clean UI.... Wonder how that's going to look... and if the One series will be able to update to the new sense...

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

If I've learned anything from experience with HTC, is that the One X will unlikely be getting a Key Lime Pie update and that a 4.2 update will be the last and more than likely the M7 will get Key Lime Pie toward the end of the year. One update only (two if you're lucky) and after that, HTC ain't gonna care and leave your handset collecting dust.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

remember its not always up to htc but THE CARRIERS! ....hint, hint...verizon :(

15. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Things are different since ICS. All devices running ICS could update to JB and 4.2, that could probably (my guess) eventually get to Key Lime Pie. The One X got the JB update pretty fast and 4.2 is already in plan. I got pretty high hopes with HTC this time.

19. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

True, agree with you both on that. Let's just hope what Peter Chou said about 2013 being out of the woods rings true, I'm most curious to see what HTC brings this year than what Samsung/Sony will.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I dislike soft buttons. They take up screen space and annoys me...

39. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

You get used to them...I have the Gnex and they dont bother me at all. But thats just me

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

now this i've got to see. o:

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Looking forward to this, the S4 and the Sony devices. 2013 is going to be very exciting especially with A15 chips coming out.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm not excited about Sony, but for HTC. They make incredible phones but make the most crucial errors on their phones.. Example: Non-removal battery on One X.

12. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

The M7 sounds interesting. I just hope it's not going to be another carrier exclusive. Can we at least have an international version. If you ask me, HTC messed up with the whole DNA/Deluxe/Butterfly fiasco. I only buy phones unlocked so I'm eagerly anticipating that the M7 will be available without a ball and chain.

16. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I couldnt agree more with you...HTC makes huges mistakes by offering their flagships to only one carrier.. the droid DNA, EVO 4g lte, and the other one series should have been realsed on ALL carriers like Sammy did with their galaxy. :( oh well I hope htc has a monster year!

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