When the HTC One was announced, so was HTC Sense 5. It was the next evolution in HTC’s Android overlay, bringing many new features and optimizations. However, a new blog post by HTC sheds light on the research that went into building this new software. For example, through their research they came to a few very interesting conclusions:
- Most people don’t differentiate between apps and widgets.
- Widgets aren’t widely used – weather, clock and music are the most used and after that, fewer than 10% of customers use any other widgets.
- Most of you don’t modify your home screens much. In fact, after the first month of use, approximately 80% of you don’t change your home screens any more
Now those of you reading this site may get mad and call BS, but remember that you guys are the minority. Android enthusiasts, the modders and developers of the Android ecosystem, are very much the minority and can’t speak for normal consumers. But since most widgets were never used, HTC decided to put the focus on what a smartphone is used for: Social and news aggregation through BlinkFeed. All from your homescreen. While I didn’t like this idea at first, it now makes sense from a consumer approach.
What else are phones used for? Sharing media, even if it’s a group of people huddled around a small screen. For this they made dual front facing speakers with their own amplifier, something that should be useful for everyone. They also included two dual membrane microphones to record both quiet noise and loud noise, so concert audio won’t come out distorted like it does with every other phone.
Sense doesn’t seem so bad anymore, does it? It’s a good consumer Android skin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave much for a power user, but that is an article for another day. So what do you guys think of these design choices, looking through the eyes of a general consumer?