HTC (2498) has a big problem: For the past year or so it’s been releasing some top-notch smartphones that few seem to care about. Now, however, the company has decided that one way to improve its sales is to clean up its Sense Android skin that often looks more cluttered compared with the Android skin used by rival Samsung (005930).
A forum member at XDA-Developers has posted some pictures of leaked screenshots of HTC’s Sense 5, which the company will likely unveil alongside its new flagship M7 phone that’s slated for release this spring. The images show a much simpler interface without the giant clock icon that has typically dominated the home screens of HTC Android devices.
For comparison, Engadget has posted pictures of the leaked Sense 5 interface side-by-side with pictures of the older Sense UI that clearly show the new skin is at the very least much easier on the eyes than earlier versions.
Hopefully, we’ll get to check out the new skin first hand at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month.