Over the years, HTC’s Sense UI has become something of a conundrum. After all, it started the proprietary user interface movement within the Android market, and it is widely admitted that Sense brought Android into the public eye with its easy to use functionality, plus other features. But, that’s changed, as Sense has become something of a bloated piece of software, routinely slowing down phones, and basically becoming something of a worn out product. But HTC is looking to change that this year, and moving forward, starting with Sense 4.0.
In an interview with Pocket-lint, HTC’s Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera admitted that Sense had become too cluttered. He admits that the company had simply “added too many things,” adding that even on the home screen, they had four or five icons on display even before the end user got to add anything they wanted:
“There where too many things in there. Even on the home screen we had four or five icons before consumers got a chance to add things themselves. For the HTC One range we have taken it down to Sense 2 again.”
There’s no doubt in our minds that Sense had indeed become “too big” for its own good, and it is due time for the proprietary software to undergo some maintenance. With Sense 4, that’s HTC’s goal, so we’ll have to see how that turns out for the company moving forward.