Many of you may have been following the release of the HTC Hero, but more importantly, the release of the HTC’s new Sense UI. For those that do not know, HTC’s new Sense UI is a new, very slick and shiny user interface for HTC devices. Currently, it is being launched on the HTC Hero, along with Multi-Touch and Flash support, but everyone is left wondering what about other HTC devices?To answer that question comes HTC CEO Peter Chou who has confirmed that “HTC Sense will be available on some other existing devices”. This could spell good things for Rogers HTC Dream and HTC Magic owners, as it was believed that the HTC Hero was going to be the only HTC device to get the Sense UI.
Some of the new things brought with the Sense UI, aside from looking amazing, are customization overlays for Android that adds HTC’s new interface to the Android OS. The Sense UI also has new Scene specific profiles that allow you to move your device’s focus from business to weekend mode and a new widget-based interface that puts at-a-glance information onto your Home Screen. Also, a dedicated search button now searches the entire phone, as well as services included in Social Networking.So how can you get the Sense UI on your Rogers HTC Android device? It seems we must wait and see.
HTC has confirmed that due to licensing terms of providing “with Google” branded smartphones, they are not allowed to offer the Sense UI as an upgrade to those devices. So any “with Google” branded HTC devices will not, at least in the near future, get the Sense UI upgrade.
However, the Rogers HTC Dream/Magic devices are not branded “with Google”. Instead, that branding was removed and in its place was put “Rogers” branding. According to HTC’s representative, they are trying to develop a method in which to bring the Sense UI to those devices with non-Google branding. So this could be good news for Rogers HTC Dream/Magic customers.
If you remember, this is not the first difference between branded “Rogers” HTC Android devices and branded “with Google” HTC Android devices. HTC added Exchange Support for the Rogers handsets, something that is missing in the “with Google” branded handsets.
While this is not at all a confirmation that the Sense UI will be coming as an ugprade to the Rogers HTC Android handsets, it does seem that the “Rogers” branded handsets have a better chance of getting the upgrade than the “with Google” branded handsets.