The presentation of the “HTC Hero”: our site that was held yesterday emphasized not both for the new terminal, drinking directly from previous models, keeping virtually all of its specifications, but for HTC Sense, the new interface that implements this phone.
Until now, HTC had offered Google Experience phone, carrying the interface default Android, access to the Android store and the logo of Google, certifying the terminal. This implies that it is Google who is in charge of the mobile Over-The-Air firmware updates, i.e., through its 3 G connection.
With the HTC Hero, the Taiwanese manufacturer deviates from this trend and points to a further customization of its terminals. Rumored that this new interface, whose “key was Rosie name”: our site, it would be an implementation of TouchFLO3D on Android, and although it is not completely certain, on the other hand could be interpreted so.
If TouchFLO3D is the interface that HTC offers greater possibilities to Windows Mobile and better management with fingers, Sense does the same thing with Android, representing a layer above the operating system by default to improve its use and open one spectrum of uses.
HTC Sense is focused on three distinct sections: Make It Mine, increasing the potential for customization of the terminal, Stay Close, for a better management of our contacts and information related to them, and Discover the Unexpected, that improves various sections of usability.
Within the scope of the customization we have a strong emphasis on widgets. Android, by default, already offers a range of widgets that can be inserted into the different screens of shortcut that includes. But HTC has developed and adapted many more widgets, to offer greater functionality.
Some of them have been ported directly from TouchFLO3D, as in the case of weather or clock widget. In addition to this personalization, these widgets can be adapted directly to our location, e.g. showing the current time in the country that we are or weather-our location.
They are various widgets offered, including, for example, access to Twitter. Also in the area of personalization is the Scenes, that allow us to create different profiles, as work, weekend, vacation, multimedia,… with which adapt the functions of the phone to our needs. These Scenes can be based on our current occupation or be dependent on the time.
HTC has wanted to Stay Close, offers something that is reminiscent of the Pre Palm Synergy, allowing to integrate different types of communications we have with our contacts. In a way it is also similar to the Contacts bar that Nokia is including in some of its latest models.
With this function we can see from the status updates on Facebook of our contacts to photos that have been uploaded to Flickr, all next to the SMS that we have exchanged, emails or a record of calls.
Finally, Discover the Unexpected offer some features such as rotating the phone to mute the current call or improvement on the scoreboard of phones offered by default in Android. But it is not the only thing “Unexpected” that will provide us with this terminal, since the browser also offers new features.
On the one hand we have Flash support in the browser, something that we did not expect until the month of October, when it seemed that would reach terminals with this option and that it will be released first in the HTC Hero. On the other hand, implements some multi-touch function, which you can use to zoom in the browser in a simple and similar to how on the iPhone.
Many have the doubt if HTC Sense can be seen on other phones other than the Hero, especially in earlier as the Dream and the Magic models. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, has stated that it will be, but without concrete models. But this claim would take it many quotes.
And is that, as we said at the beginning, being those terminals Google Experience, is Google who is responsible for updates, and almost certain that this will not be one of them that include. On the other hand, free terminals of the Google logo Yes will upgrade. Obviously, the more hands will have no problem to install these features in other models, though that may be something beyond the reach of most users.
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