Posts tagged with: Sense UI
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    My mother-in-law isn't exactly what you'd call "technologically savvy", but that doesn't stop her from upgrading to the latest and greatest Android-powered smartphones every chance she gets. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I'll give you three guesses who gets to support those devices. It wouldn't be such an issue except at her age -- how can I put this lightly -- she's a bit "set in her ways". Don't get me wrong, she can whip out her phone and call anyone in her extremely wide social network faster than you can say "mint chocolate chip ice cream". She's got friends and relatives ...

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    As we've had the opportunity to review devices manufactured by various OEMs, an interesting trend has begun to surface: OEM skins are getting lighter-weight, and a distinctive and bold color scheme has been evolving. We've reviewed the HTC One M8, the One mini 2, and the Desire 816. All of them run modern versions of HTC's Sense UI, and all feature very similar distinctive and bold color theming. We just spent a week with the ASUS PadFone X which runs its own "skin" on top of Android. It too features distinctive and bold colors inside its apps. LG's devices, despite having their own ...

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    It's no surprise to learn that a smartphone company doesn't particularly like to see its employees leaking information on unreleased products, but rarely do we talk about any of these insiders leaking info with the express intent of profiting from it. In Taiwan, however, that's very much the saga that's playing out, as the case against ex-VP of design Thomas Chien proceeds. This all started a few months back, when Chien and a couple other HTC designers were arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets. The investigation has since claimed that Chien and his conspirators were planning to ...

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    You might say this comparison is unnecessary. After all, most people don't need help deciding whether to buy a smartphone or a refrigerator door, right? Given the choice between a standard-sized handheld and a beastly monolith, most folks can tell pretty quickly which they prefer. But it's not that simple. HTC's One is one of the most visible, most well-regarded smartphones of the year -  and so it would follow, in the mind of the mythical average consumer, that something called the "One max" should be even better - maybe much better, right? Well, as our full HTC One max review revealed, ...

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    The skin/no-skin debate is the Coke vs. Pepsi divide of the smartphone space - if the cola war were an 80-20 split in favor of Pepsi, that is. Studies outlining user attitudes toward UI overlays are hard to come by, but there's no real question about the prevalent feeling in the tech press: when it comes to Android skins, you can smell the disdain a mile away. If you ask me, the almost-automatic hatred of skins is a tired, destructive artifact of a jaded tech media. It's a holdover from the days when Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense were overwrought monstrosities sitting atop Android, ...

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    I have always valued the stock Android experience over the various customized strains from OEMs, even before Android itself looked anything like it does today – back in the Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread days. It's more rustic, rough around the edges … raw. I like to use devices as they were intended to be used, how they were supposed to look and feel from the factory. This is exactly why I don't use cases. They mask the true beauty, engineering mastery, the design, and all the hard work that went into making a phone. It's like saying you want to protect a drawing your kid made ...

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    Whether on your home screen or lock screen, widgets can be great ways to access information at a glance and cut down on the number of apps you're constantly jumping between. Of course, they're only as useful as we take advantage of them, and according to HTC, not many of us are taking the time to explore widgets outside of a few obvious choices. While preparing for the development of Sense 5, HTC researched user behavior to learn what it could benefit by changing. It learned that while lots of users have weather, music, or clock widgets configured to run on their phones, fewer than than ...

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    Earlier this month we got to see HTC launch its new One flagship, the phone that will usher in Sense 5. It's quite the departure from earlier iterations of Sense, and love it or hate it, existing HTC users have probably been wondering whether or not there were plans to make it available for current devices. HTC recently took to Facebook to address these questions, and let us know a little about how Sense 5 updates will arrive. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of phones that will see Sense 5, but HTC specifically says that the global versions of the One X, One X+, One S, and the ...

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    The HTC One introduces the latest iteration on the company's Sense UI, touted just as "the new Sense" at this morning's event, but ultimately we're looking at Sense 5.0. We've already had glimpses of it through a number of leaks, and in our first couple of videos with the One we've touched on some general Sense features and looked at how it compares to the 4+ on the Droid DNA. Now, we've decided to delve into the new Sense with a little more depth, giving you a look at this new "minimalist" take on Sense, showing you not just what to expect from the HTC One, but the future of HTC's Android ...

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    After hearing a little about the revamped HTC Sense 5.0 early this month, we started getting our first taste of the skin alongside a number of leaked images from HTC's rumored M7 Android smartphone. Now we have a few more Sense 5.0 pics to share with you, apparently sourced from an M7 ROM. Supposedly, these pics came from a user who was able to flash a Droid DNA with files from an M7 ROM. They certainly look the part of Sense 5.0, and seem to match nicely with the leaked M7 images we've already seen. As all these views of the UI continue to pile up, it's seeming clear that those early ...

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    The Nexus 4 launches, and a man in Pennsylvania does his best to keep Google's latest and greatest -and slipperiest- from sliding off tabletops. The Lumia 920 lands, and a man in Boston moves back into an old apartment called Windows Phone - but the place isn't the same as he left it. The Droid DNA launches, and all America is atwitter with talk of 1080p, nonremovable storage, and HTC making Sense out of Jelly Bean. And over in Romania, one man watches, waits, and wonders what all the fuss is about. That's about the shape of this week's installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, on the ...

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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields Like all corporations, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seen its share of ups and downs; this year, it's mostly faced the latter. The company's financials continue to tumble as it struggles to recover from a rough 2011, when it pushed out a bevy of mediocre smartphones instead of honing its focus on one flagship line. HTC executed something of a reboot earlier this year, pushing out the One X to generally favorable reviews, but then found itself almost immediately steamrolled by ...

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    What do you get when you cross the biggest, baddest Samsung hardware with the latest and greatest HTC superphone, the one everyone insists on mislabeling a phablet? You get this Galaxy Note II-vs-Droid DNA video, of course, except with the names inverted. Because in this biz, the new-hotness gets first-word respect. Dig? In the video below, we take the Note II and the DNA on a short spin around the block, comparing their benchmark scores, in-hand feel, app launch times, browser performance, and -of course- their massive displays. We don't yet know the DNA well enough to put its other ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    HTC made some smart choices when designing Sense 4.0, going with a look that was a little less overbearing than previous iterations, while keeping what worked. Since it's arrived, we've seen independent efforts to attempt bringing Sense 4.0 to phones from other manufacturers, with varying degrees of success. Today, we look at a major milestone being reached towards getting Sense 4.0 on Samsung's Galaxy S II, with news of the first-such custom ROM booting on the phone's international version. This ROM is the work of the Sense4All team, which has succeeded in getting the phone to boot with ...

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