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The new HTC Sense interface: what's so new about it?

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The new HTC Sense interface: what's so new about it?
So, the HTC One is now official, meaning that the Taiwanese company has a new flagship Android smartphone to make us go "wow" with. What makes it so cool, you ask? Well, there's plenty to love about the device, ranging from its outstanding build quality to the powerful hardware tucked under its hood. 

But software is also an essential part of a smartphone's user experience, and HTC is well aware of that. That's why the One's makers decided to overhaul the Sense user interface and change it in accordance to what smartphone owners use their devices the most. 

The result is a new Sense UI – simpler, built from the ground up around the idea that people want quick access to information that interests them the most. HTC BlinkFeed is its highlight feature, accessible the very instant you unlock the device's screen. HTC Zoe is also in tow, allowing users to bring their image gallery to life with great photos and videos. But what do these features do exactly? Read along to find out!

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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:07 22

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

It looks very damn good. and better than the iOS in my opinion. my favorite part is the TV IV blast feature

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:55 9

13. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

even android love wp ui......lol....

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:23 2

21. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Don't get live tiles confused with widgets. Anyone can draw a square, color it in with your kids crayons and call it a live tile.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:58 7

14. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Better than iOS, but not better than Jelly Bean. I'm a WP user and I think HTC's may even look more appealing than WP8.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:24 5

18. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

It is a very good smartphone with all these features. Now have to wait for S IV and then I"ll pick one between these 2 :)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:18

26. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

What's new about it? Its LiveTiles on Android.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:08 21

2. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

Android with WP8 theme by HTC.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:20 5

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)

You can always use third party widgets for a more "Android-like" experience.
Most users will switch to Nova or Apex anyway.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:38 9

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

It's a lot more graphic than W8. I always wanted a home screen like that and the rest of the SW seems seamless too. Impressed!

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:15 5

3. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)

i do like the idea behind it. the only question is how will the refreshes affect battery drain?
and i read that the Original Sense clock is an option in the widget options.
before people complain they dont like it or looks like WP8... you can disable it.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:50 3

12. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

even live wallpapers kill a good amount of battery juice. what more with all these interactivity? they should offer an option to turn them off.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 21:43

23. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I read somewhere that they'll have that option to turn it off

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 22:35

28. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Whenever I have run live wallpapers on my HTC phones, it was always very minimal battery use.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:16 2

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Thank you p0rkguy! I thought I was the only one seeing the modern UI

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:33 2

6. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Crapsung fans will be mad.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:37 2

9. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

nope ................ :p

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 22:37

29. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

get some life.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:35 1

7. asianface (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 May 2011)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! HTC, dangerous move!! I have to say I won't be sick of looking at my phone if it looks like that, but I'm just not sure if the general public would like that

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:35 4

8. marchels14 (unregistered)

Everyone now is copying the tile thing of windows 8 cant someone think of something original.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 21:44

24. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Too bad thats only for that blink feed. The rest of the screens you custo iza with stuff you want..

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 11:47 2

11. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

at least windows can now use the litigation route to make money.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:27

15. najariner (Posts: 24; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

that new clock widget is ugly as hell, and this metro meets flipboard ui is really overdoing it. please bring back sense 4.1

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:42 1

16. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Actually it reminds me more of Currents then Flipboard or Windows live tiles ;)

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 13:06 4

17. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:52 4

19. rsiders (Posts: 1092; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

As a Windows Phone user I must say the tile Sense UI(tiles are still static unlike Windows Phone) really appeals to me. And you can still switch to a more traditional Android interface. If HTC actually delivers on the camera quality(the software is killer too) and Nokia announces yet another AT&T exclusive for their next flagship device this is absolutely my next phone. I won't have to unlock it for T-Mobile to enjoy it. Are you listening Nokia?

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 18:16 1

20. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

I hope previous devices will get new sense .
Just like GS2 and note just got Nature UX
Stuck on an older version of manufacturer skin is so not cool

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 20:47

22. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

This is for you guys who dont like the UI...yeah the tile UI bla bla, WP bla bla bla, BUT, to not see the tiles, just slide it sideways, left or right, and thats it...it looks like an android UI again...i just one hands on video....the blink feed or tiles UI is just in one place, like a dedicated page for them...slide it right for example and you have the android UI again..simple as that...watch JON4LAKERS htc one hands on video on youtube and you'll see it. Just saw it.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 01:59

25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

totally ripped off of metro ui. At least, they got rid of this stupid weather widget.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:26

27. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

The phone itself looks like an iphone,BB z10, xperia... And now the UI looks like metro from WP...
Out of ideas HTC?.. hahahahah...

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 06:16

30. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I would say its more of a Flipboard clone. IMO Flip Board is inspired by Live Tiles tho... so in a 6 degress of seperation type of thing...one could say this Blink Feed is Live Tile-ish.

That said....I dont want any static things on my home screen. If I have to get another launcher just to remove it...I might dont want that phone. At the same time...I use Nova Launcher now so it might not be that big a deal.

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