Android currently comes in a number of varieties. In addition to all the versions notated by their nice sweet desert style names (cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread and honeycomb) there are several different user interfaces offered by the different Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
First there’s Motorola’s Moto Blur, which is their custom UI and was released with the Motorola Cliq as a way to bring social to the next level on a mobile device. The next is Samsung’s Touch Wiz interface. Touch Wiz for the most part has an “iphone” almost look and adds some extensive widgets to the mix. Then, the one we like the best, is HTC’s Sense UI.
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When meeting someone with an HTC device more often than not they still have Sense running as it did the day they got the phone. Of course more advanced users into rooting and modding their phones may have scaled down to Vanilla Android (there we go with the sweets again) or another available ROM but for the most part the most functional UI offered by a manufacturer is sense.
Ina Fried over at Mobilized/All Things Digital, sat down with HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera to talk about HTC Sense and some of the changes coming to the user interface. In the interview Kodera made a great point to Fried in that looking at all the various Android phones at a carrier store, or even moreso at Best Buy it’s like looking at the wall of flat screens available. They really needed to do something to set the HTC experience apart from the rest, to compliment HTC’s popular hardware.
Kodera admits to Fried that his favorite lock screen is the weather. Ours is too, especially in Sense 2.0 which includes animated fog and windshield wipers that wipe your screen in the rain. In addition to information delivery, Kodera highlights the fact that HTC wants the best user experience overall and provides features in Sense for convenience, like the ability to flip the phone over to silence it from ringing. Also HTC Sense knows when the phone is in your pocket, purse or manbag and adjusts the ringer volume accordingly. Once it’s locked onto a louder volume, it turns itself down when it gets in your hand, and more importantly up to your ear.
HTC continues to improve on not just hardware but their Sense User Interface. They have a few phones, including the Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G that have the newest version of Sense, and they are working on an even newer version to come out with the HTC Evo 3D on Sprint. HTC also rebuilt HTC Sense from the ground up for their HTC Flyer/HTC Evo View 4G tablet coming out this year.
As HTC Sense continues to improve it becomes less important to average consumers what numbered version of Android is working in the background
source: All Things Digital/Mobilized