HTC unveiled its latest Android phone, the Hero
, earlier in the week. Perhaps more exciting than the
phone itself, however, was the custom Android interface called Sense. This UI
lets users customize their device and provides better access to the information
you want at a glance. The UI supports widgets, customized profiles, and
consolidated views of various types of information.
HTC has said its future devices will use this Sense UI.
Now, we’re seeing more good news from the company, with various sources
reporting that HTC
CEO Peter Chou has confirmed the new HTC Sense user interface "will be
available on some other existing devices."
We don’t yet know which devices will be getting the Sense
upgrade, but the HTC Magic is a likely candidate, given that it recently went
on sale. By making the Sense UI available to other handsets, HTC is providing these
devices with additional capabilities such as an expanded Home screen with HTC
widgets as well as tighter integration with social-networking tools such as
Twitter and Facebook.
Sadly, it appears that any “Google” branded phone will be
exempt from the Sense upgrade due to licensing terms between Google and HTC that
prevent the manufacturer from tweaking the interface too much. The current
T-Mobile G1 as well as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G that will be available this
summer are both "with Google" phones. Perhaps a hacker will find a
way around this restriction and enable it anyway.