HTC: Gingerbread won't stop Sense
A common complaint of Android (from Cupcake to FroYo) is that the UI is plain. Another, is that the OS is difficult to navigate. We all know that Google's next version of Android, "Gingerbread," will try to remedy these issues with a complete UI overhaul. This will hopefully give the user a more aesthetically-pleasing and simpler experience with Android. And due to Android's fragmentation issues, Google's goal will be for all Android handsets to eventually be running the same version of their OS. So, where does HTC stand on the future of Android? Will the changes in Gingerbread drive HTC to abandon Sense? Not at all, according to Drew Bamford, head of HTC's user experience design team.
In a sit-down with Forbes, Bamford explains that "Google's tweaks" won't affect future implementation of Sense:
Bamford goes as far as to say that Gingerbread won't affect manufacturer customization in general, and HTC fully expects to implement Sense on future Android devices. Disappointed? Let us know.
Google, too, has indicated that it wants to make the next (3.0) version of Android more polished and user friendly. Industry observers have speculated that manufacturers like HTC will make fewer alterations on their Android phones as a result. Bamford, however, says he doesn’t expect Google’s tweaks, which are scheduled to debut before the end of the year, to affect his work. “Google may focus more on improving the user interface on the stock Android [software], but I don’t think they’ll preclude manufacturer customization,” he explains.