Screenshots of what’s supposedly HTC Sense 5 hit the internet; looks classy

by: ŠtefanJanuary 7, 2013

Different people have different opinions when it comes to Android modifications done by hardware vendors. This writer hates them and will not stop bashing them until they’re banned, but the majority of folks are far less hostile. In fact, most people don’t care since they don’t know any better. They’ve never owned a stock device, so they have no basis for comparison.

But enough philosophy, today’s news has to do with what are allegedly two screenshots showing off HTC Sense 5. One shows the dialer, another shows the QWERTY keyboard. Both look rather muted and far less flashy than the current version of Sense. Anyone who has ever picked up an HTC device recently knows that the Taiwanese company’s color palette of green and black is a bit jarring at first glance.

So now for the important question: When are we going to see HTC Sense 5? We’d like to say next month at Mobile World Congress, but we’re not so sure. The version bump from Sense 4+ to Sense 5 makes us think that HTC is holding off this user interface until Google announces the next version of Android. We think that’s going to happen at Google I/O in May, but again, we’re not really sure about that.

Will we start recommending HTC devices over Samsung devices if this new version of Sense actually ends up delivering useful features? Maybe, it’s too early to tell at this point. 2011 was all about the Sensation versus the Galaxy S2, and we all know who won that war. 2011 was the One X versus the Galaxy S3, and while the One X was considered by many to be a highly qualified competitor, it was the GS3 that ended up in more people’s hands.

What will 2013 look like? We’re waiting to hear more about codename “M7”, which is supposed to be HTC’s Butterfly/DNA on steroids, and of course the GS4.

Funny how history repeats itself, right?

  • xoj_21

    they should get rid of gingerbread look already

    • Jamal Ahmed

      they should adopt the stock android already. why dont they? because its faster, better, lighter, smoother, more good-looking, gets timely updates, easier to make, thats why?

      • I agree. Stock Android could even make HTC appealing again. Sense should have been ditched when Android 4 came along.

        • scrack26

          i think Sense should just be like a launcher – so that you can change it if you don’t want to use it.

  • Trav Montana

    Blah same old lookin sense ..they need to put more aosp look and feel to it like Motorola and Touchwiz

  • Status Bar is still ugly.. But better than previous one

  • arvin

    I dont see any QWERTY screenshot

  • b1acktiger

    i have used galaxy nexus after my Desire HD and i have tasted the bitterness of Stock Android. i dont mind if my Sense’d device is 5sec slower than stock android. i give preference in user experience, i’m not in a race which results who’s faster than who ? Till 4+, i have noticed the smoothness of sense. no complains here, i’m fully satisfied.