The best thing about HTC 10 interface? (Almost) No duplicate apps!

HTC has just lifted the cover off its new flagship: the HTC 10. And at least on paper, the HTC 10 covers all the bases: a beautiful and refined metal design, a powerful Snapdragon 820 system chip on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, and a new, 12-megapixel camera with optical stabilization with promising quality.

However, these days, it seems that all phones cover these bases. You need something more to set yourself apart.

And HTC might have just nailed exactly that with the HTC 10: the new phone features a clean version of HTC Sense that does away with one of the biggest annoyances when using Android: duplicate apps.

Here's the deal: most Android phone makers, including the big names like Samsung and LG, stuff their phones to the gills with duplicate apps. There are often two browsers, two mail apps, two weather apps, two galleries and sometimes even three apps that do one and the same thing. Annoying and definitely confusing for novice users.

The HTC 10 has worked closer with Google and has managed to get rid of some of its own duplicates in favor of the stock Google apps: previously included apps like Scribble, Polaris Office, and Fun Fit are now gone. Not all duplicated have been removed and you can still find HTC's versions of HTC Mail, Dialer and Weather on board, but a lot of the duplicates are now gone.

Such small steps towards cleaning the user experience, make a big difference in daily use and we're glad HTC is moving forward in this regard. It's your turn now, Samsung and LG!

Related phones

  • Display 5.2 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    HTC Sense UI



19. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The sim free s7 only as 1 app for doing anything, apart from s voice and Samsung shop

18. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

they did this with the A9. if you wanted the htc browser or mail apps you could get them in the play store

15. talon95

Posts: 1015; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Nice work HTC.

14. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Kudos to HtC for doing this I hope this forces the other OEMs to do the same. In fact I would love the FCC to step in and deny AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile any spectrum lic. unless they make all their bloatware removable. Maybe this is why AT&T is not carrying the 10- HtC must have said no to all their redundant apps. Great move HtC

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

In other news: HTC 10 just scored 88 points on DxOmark! the catch? It's now on par with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge!! go check it out guys!

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Holy balls! I was wondering what was up with that flock of pigs I saw in the sky this morning! Put the same sensor in the rumored HTC Nexus there is a 99% chance it will be my next(us)!

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I changed my mind about this phone. This is probably the fastest android phone ever with no bloatware

11. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

So you will consider the 10? :D It looks really great! (Black version)

3. Unordinary unregistered

The fact that this phone is the first ever Android device that ships with native AirPlay support for Apple is great.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Am I only the only one hoping for Google to Nexusify this without taking much away!

5. ananthu07 unregistered

I think this collaboration with Google is because HTC is going to make the next Nexus. Last year, LG worked with Google(atleast that;s what they said at the G4 event) and LG made Nexus 5x. So, probably HTC will make this year's nexus and all the rumors would become true.

20. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Agreed. The only thing is I'm a larger screen junky. So this exact same phone Nexus-fied with a 5.5" display.

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No duplicate apps exist since miui, try harder

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013


10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Nexus is stock Android, how the hell could it have duplicate apps

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The article isn't claiming HTC is the first OEM to do this, so what's your point?

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

First OEM? My first Android SmartPhone, the OnePlus One from 2014, didn't come with any duplicates as far as I'm aware...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless