HTC Espresso’s new Sense UI caught on video

by Hero on December 29, 2009

in Applications,Firmware,Hands On,News,Video

HTC Espresso’s new Sense UIFollowing on from our last post regarding a possible new Sense UI from HTC, we now have some video evidence. The latest ROM build of HTC’s rumoured Espresso handset is caught running on a HTC Hero handset.

The translucent app icons didn’t seem to go down well, judging by your comments on the last post, and the sceptical amongst you won’t find anything in this video to change your minds. Other differences include a Call & Contacts button that is added to the app launcher bar at the bottom. We also noticed that that notification pane now has a ‘Recent’ section that details recently used apps.

Hopefully we’ll hear something official during CES on the new UI and exactly which handsets it’ll be hitting. Until then, check out the video after the break.

Thanks Peter!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 the english kid December 30, 2009 at 12:57 AM

Almost completely solid effort, nice tweaks where they’re needed but (sorry) I just hate those icon borders. I hate them so bad I probably won’t upgrade to the new sense unless there’s something amazing with it that I don’t know about yet. Flan perhaps.

2 Tony Hedges December 30, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Let’s try to be a little logical about this; as a Hero owner there is nothing more anticipated than eclair flavoured android sence. We know its due very soon.

We also know that there are a lot of talented rom programmers out there and that this is the best time for them to get their worker not only noticed but scrutinized.

The thing that strikes me about the video is how badly it is shot. If you got your hands on what they claim, would they not take more time and care to film it properly so that people can see for sure it is what they claim it to be.

As I am writing this on my Hero I’m going to sign off with index finger writers cramp!

3 Bandroid December 30, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I love the original Hero Gui, but Iit is awful. And the button panels simply waist the screen.

4 cmdrfire December 30, 2009 at 9:39 PM

I’ve got to say, I’m excited about the 2.1 update (as I’m sure most Hero owners are). The little translucent boxes around the icons aren’t the best thing in the world, but I noticed on Gizmodo earlier today a picture of an HTC phone running WinMo 7 – Sense UI is present, as are the little boxes around icons.
Possibly HTC is trying to unify the user experience and make one OS indistinguishable from another OS?

5 Peter Ebenezer January 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

I noticed that also!
I don’t see why that would be a good thing… Win-Mo (when I used it) Was awful…

I just see the Borders hiding the background…. they don’t bring anything to the table as far as usability is concerned except if you have a fancy background your going to be quite annoyed (luckily I don’t but still think they look rubbish..)

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