TouchFLO’s is HTC’s alternate user interface with Windows phones. A new version is coming out soon, but the company is already saying that this UI’s days are numbered.
Many consider the default Windows Mobile user interface lacking in customer appeal — especially among consumers — and HTC has been working on its own option for several years now.
TouchFLO 2.5 is reportedly set to debut with this company’s next generation of devices. Like its predecessors, it will give users an more fingertip-friendly way of accessing the smartphone’s features.
But as with each version, TouchFLO replaces more and more of the standard Microsoft UI. The earliest version was little more than a launcher skin, while the next one will apparently take over virtually all functions of the device.
Several images of the upcoming version — code-named Manila — have leaked out lately, for those who would like a sneak peak.
TouchFLO Giving Way to HTC Sense
Earlier this week, HTC unveiled a new user interface for its devices running Google’s Android operating system. According to a statement from the company, this new UI — dubbed HTC Sense — will replace TouchFLO.
Like TouchFLO, Sense is a user interface designed to let users easily access the most important features of their smartphone, and they have much in common. Nevertheless, they are not identical. As neither TouchFLO 2.5 nor Sense has debuted yet, it’s not clear why HTC prefers one over the other.
HTC Stepping Up
HTC also said this week that all its future Android-based devices will run Sense.
With this company using a single user interface it has created on all all its smartphones — both Windows Mobile and Android — HTC is making a dramatic step to make Microsoft and Google less relevant, and itself more important.
TouchFLO 2.5 is expected to be available later this year, while HTC Sense will debut with the HTC Hero, which will launch this summer. It’s not know when Sense will replace TouchFLO on this company’s Windows Mobile devices.