Yesterday, HTC unveiled a new user interface for its upcoming Android-based smartphones. Many of those who already have a phone from HTC are wondering if they’ll be able to load this new UI onto their device. A company spokesperson has given a conditional answer.
Eric Lin responded to a question from Brighthand by saying:
We are looking at bringing the HTC experience to existing Android phones, so long as they are not Google branded since those require the Google experience. We are still in the process of determining how to do this, but when we do it will only be available for HTC branded Android phones.
Lin’s statement brings up the question of what’s a “Google branded” phone.
The just-announced HTC Hero, on the other hand, will use HTC’s new user interface, dubbed HTC Sense. Because of this, it doesn’t bear the Google logo.
Lin seems to be saying that any device with the Google logo won’t get an upgrade to the new HTC Sense user interface.
Sticking with Sense
This HTC spokesperson also said that devices that ship with the new UI won’t give users the option of switching between Sense and the standard interface that Google created.
This is a departure from the way HTC handles its other alternate UI. This company’s Windows Mobile-based smartphones let users choose between a standard user interface created by Microsoft and one developed by HTC, called TouchFLO 3D.