updated 05:45 am EST, Fri January 27, 2012
HTC Sense 4.0 leak gives details of revamped UI
HTC's forthcoming Sense 4.0 interface overlay has been leaked ahead of its expected unveiling at the Mobile World Congress. The team at Pocketnow have given HTC's latest user interface a preview, although they did not have photos to share at this time. Instead, some of the new features and UI elements have been plausibly described and suggest that HTC's latest skin may have more going for it than in the past.
HTC is said to have greatly reduced interface clutter and has improved the typography that it use, cleaning up the look and feel of the OS. It will also bring landscape support to the home screen for the first time, while when in landscape mode in the browser, places browser tabs on the right of the screen instead of the bottom to create more reading space.
Keeping with theme of maximizing the value of the screen real estate, HTC is said to be retaining physical OS navigation buttons for its immediate generation of smartphones. Where the Samsung Galaxy Nexus uses software navigation buttons (which is a follow on from the way Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) functions on tablets), HTC will, however, eventually reduce the number of touch sensitive buttons from four to three with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in mind.
From an application perspective, Pocketnow believes that email in Sense 4.0 could be one of the best email interfaces so far on an Android device. A particular highlight is said to be the way threaded messages are handled in the inbox with a numeric indicator, much like iOS. Speaking of iOS, another cue taken from Sense 4.0 is the way an accumulation of notifications is represented, while a new feature similar to iOS Reader also makes its debut when browsing web pages.
HTC Sense 4.0 will also offer users a free 50GB of Dropbox space when setting up the device. The integration with Dropbox, however, runs deeper and will appear as another drive. When sending an attachment from Dropbox, recipients are also simply sent a Dropbox URL speeding up the message sending process considerably as well as saving data usage.
The HTC Sense 4.0 overlay is expected to debut at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona on the HTC Ville.