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I'm no huge fan of UI overlays, but even I have to admit that HTC's Sense is getting better and better. With features like HTCSense.com and even an e-books store, there's no arguing that it's become more than just an Android skin - in Europe, at least.

It looks like the US is finally on the agenda for the new Sense. According to Drew Bamford, HTC's head of User Experience, the company will be rolling out a new version of the UI next year, which, among other things, will bring us Americans the features Desire HD and Desire Z owners have been enjoying for a while now. That's not all, however - apparently, HTC will be adding an online media store for e-books, magazines, newspapers, music, and video (take that, Samsung Media Hub). Their partner for e-books has been and will continue to be Kobo, while Netflix is said to be a candidate for providing the video content. And here's some news that's sure to make you Qik haters happy: HTC is also planning to offer video calling out of the box on future 4G-capable phones.

Bamford also added that "natural interaction" will be a "megatrend" in the next version of Sense. He didn't go into any details, but he did tell Forbes that it will build on current Sense features such as lowering the volume of the phone's ringer once it has been picked up.

Nothing here (other than, possibly, the online video store) is mind-blowing enough to make me long for HTC's UI, especially since Honeycomb is supposed to bring about major improvements, but HTC has definitely done some nice work here. For what it's worth, Sense would be the custom UI of my choice, even though I still prefer stock Android.

Source: Forbes

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    I will never be a fan of UI overlay. The reason is simple:

    Hardware makers only want to sell you more hardware, period.

    Updating the software on their old hardware is NEVER in their best interest.

  • Mike

    I agree with you 100%. I prefer stock Android over all UI's, but if I had to choose a UI, it would be HTC Sense.

  • TareX

    I'm really looking forward to the glasses-free 3D Sense UI HTC will demo at MWC 2011...

  • Steven

    I love stock Android, but at the same time, I really love Sense. HTC has been good at updating their Sense devices, and the Evo (my current phone) was the first carrier phone to get 2.2. So HTC is high on my list. I'm glad they are bringing more feautures, and I hope they continue to add a lot to the Android experience, while still utilizing the core Android experience.

  • BobbyPhoenix

    I love the idea of HTCsense.com, but while they are saying it's going to get better, and better in the coming year, it is currently broken. Well at least a pain to use. It takes me forever to log in, and once I'm there I almost always only get the dashboard. Footprints, friends, etc don't even show. I even deleted my account, and made another one, but it's still the same. In forums I see others are having problems with it too. I think they should at least get it stable before saying anything about the future.

    • jeremee

      Yeah I had the problem too.

      I think the main problem is the browser.
      Whenever I use firefox or chrome it fails bad. Internet explorer has no issue with all features. It's stupid because who uses IE?

      • Someone

        Businesses use them.

        Most don't bother upgrading because their existing infrastructure works with IE6.

  • David M

    HTC Sense is just unnecessary, i doubt that's the experience Google intended to bring with Android. I have an HTC Evo and i regret buying it. Sure everyone says the Evo fast and all, but the truth be told, it's not. The stupid Sense UI slows the hell out of my phone. Makes me want to kill my contract and get the Nexus S (a true Android phone and experience)! Plus God knows when i'll get the 2.3 Gingerbread update!!

    • HTC makes Sense

      David M

      1 HTC Sense is nesscary because the 2.3 stock android is ugly & doll.

      2. Your HTC Evo is way better than the ugly glossy nexus s.

      3. Evo is faster than the nexus s end of.

      4. HTC sense is not stupid because it faster than the ugly stock 2.3 android & it got more features than the stock like widgets,music,ebooks,wallpapers, new ringtones & web store & more.

      5 If you get the stock you will have serious problems & you will be stupid not HTC Sense.
      Because HTC sense makes sense. Android ui dosent make sense & other ugly layouts on Android doesn't make sense too.

      If you don't regret your not stupid
      So be stupid if you regret
      Because you won't get cool features & content to enjoy. And you will look like a nerd with a ugly android 2.3 ui that's looks like ugly nerdy android 1.0 in 2008.

      • David M

        Mmm, if stock Android sucks, than doesn't that make all of Android obsolete ? I want to have a choice of how my phone looks and what i have installed on it. I don't like HTC Sense period. Widgets? Can find that anywhere on the market. Music? What music? Wallpapers? I like the stock ones far better than HTC's (which by the way aren't available on my Evo because of HTC). E-books? Google's got that covered. New ringtones? Can install that from other providers. And now for that web-store. Unnecessary, there's already the Android Market which is constantly improving. HTC is just in it to make as much money as they can, they could care less if i or you, like or hate Sense. In the end stock Android will get better! When will companies like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc. and the Carriers stop taking advantage of and abusing Android's openness?

  • Astria

    root it if u re not happy with custom UI... period...

    main reason y i am sticking with Sense instead of vanilla is that Sense integrates really well with Facebook, and handles non-English contacts better...

    honestly, Sense 2.2 runs well even on Hero that i used to own, even though there's no JIT... now with a Desire, i really ve little complaints abt it...

  • David M

    I am rooted, only prob is i've had issues with flashing ROMs, takes time to backup then find out that the ROM won't work, then going through the 30 minute long restoring everything, then finding another ROM.....

  • chris.hd

    Sense runs really well apart from when you sync all, but I can live with that.

    People go on and on about how bad UIs are, but Sense adds a lot of great features. The keyboard, contacts, copy and paste....essentially things that stock Android is only just getting right, HTC users have had for ages.
    For most users I think stock Android 2.1 and below, looks a bit basic on the surface.

  • David M

    Newer versions of android are getting all those new features. HTC's skin only bogs things up making things like the keyboard, launcher, camera, etc. slow and slower still. I really don't understand why there isn't an option to turn off Sense, other than installing another ROM. Wish Google got stricter with these UI "Enhancements".

  • BIGBEN

    this is brilliant FOR HTC SENSE because stock android with their online store is taking too long the its only got apps games. stock android it needs video & newspaper store too but google forgot that features. & problem with sotck android lack of features. AND google books is only in the US (NOT EU). Google delays the google music store wait until summer 2011. HTC SENSE IS BETTER BECAUSE IT GOT MORE FEATURES. UI IS BETTER.

  • BIGBEN

    FUTURE FEATURES
    STOCK V HTC SENSE

    NOW ANDROID GOT A LACK OF FEATURES
    AND GOOGLE NEEDS TO HURRY UP.

    STOCK FUTURE UPDATE
    ANDROID WEB STORE (APPS,GAMES,MUSIC)
    STREAM MUSIC (MUSIC PLAYER IS HORRIBLE)
    THATS ALL
    OK UI
    NOT THAT MUCH
    BECAUSE SOMETIMES ANDROID IS WAY BACK WHEN ITS COMES TO FEATURES

    OTHER OS GOT FEATURES LIKE:

    NOKIA OVI STORE (APP,GAMES,MUSIC)

    WP7 MARKETPLACE (APPS,GAMES) & ZUNE (VIDEO,MUSIC) XBOX LIVE (GAMES & ONLINE)

    IOS GOT ITUNES & APP STORE
    (MUSIC,GAMES,MOVIES,PODCASTS) IBOOKS , GAMECENTRE.

    WEBOS GOT WEB STORE FOR APPS & GAMES

    BLACKBERRY GOT LACK FEATURES LIKE PERVIOUS ANDROID.

    SENSE
    HTC SENSE.COM SERVICE FOR SOCIAL & CONTENT FOR YOUR PHONE.

    FOOTPRINTS & SOCIAL FEATURES
    CONTACTS
    HTC HUB (RINGTONES,WIGETS,NOFICATION SOUNDS,WALLPAPERS)
    HTC LIKES (BEST APPS)
    HTC MUSIC STORE
    HTC VIDEO STORE
    HTC NEWSPAPER STORE
    HTC EBOOKS STORE
    HTC MUSIC PLAYER STREAM & DLNA
    HTC DLNA
    HTC MEDIA LINK
    HTC VIDEO CHAT SERVICE
    HTC AMAZON MP3 SERVICE
    BETTER UI

    HTC GOT MORE FEATURES
    THATS PROOF
    THATS WHY I PEFER HTC SENSE

    IF HTC DONE THERE OWN OS SOFTWARE OR MERGED WITH GOOGLE WITH ANDROID, I WILL GET IT A PHONE THATS HAS HTC OS & LOTS OF DEVELOPERS WILL DEVLOP APPS & GAMES FOR IT. ANDROID NEEDS TO STEP UP OR ELSE FAILS JUST LIKE SYMBIAN OS.