Windows Phone 7, which is due for a release later this year, had received positive reactions for its interface, from tech experts. Many felt that unlike Windows Mobile 6.5, this version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, which features the Metro user interface, is more optimized for touch screen devices and won’t need a secondary shell. However, Taiwanese mobile giant HTC has said that it will feature its customized interface the Sense User Interface on Windows Phone 7 devices made by HTC.
In an interview to Forbes, Drew Bamford of HTC’s interface design team informed that the first WP7 device from HTC would feature Sense UI.
“Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience, but we can still innovate. We won’t be able to replace as much of the core Windows Phone experience, but we will augment it.” he says. He also added that the Sense UI will look different than it does on the current version 6.5 and will be heavily integrated into Windows Phone 7.
The customized shell interface, HTC Sense UI was a game changer in making Windows Mobile devices user friendly and optimizing them for touch screen phones. It adds a layer of applications and controls for managing the phone as well as integrates social networking applications.
The Sense UI has also been integrated with Android devices made by HTC. Recently, Google had announced that the next installment of Android, 3.0 or Gingerbread would no need shell enhancements as it will feature a much more evolved interface. It had also said that Google would like to see a uniform implementation of Android across all devices. Bamford begs to differ and hints that HTC will continue to feature the Sense on Phones with Android.
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