Thursday, December 3, 2015

HTC Sense 7.0 "G" version explained

Together with the latest and greatest HTC One A9 we saw the HTC Sense 7.0 "G" edition user interface for the first time. What exactly is the "G" version and how it differs from the "regular" version?


Probably the "G" comes from a "Google", because HTC wanted it be as close to the stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow UX as possible, allowing for certain carrier requirements and feature necessities. So, for example, in the "G" edition we have the stock notification window and Quick Settings, while the full Settings menu is HTC's Sense version due to carrier customization requirements.

HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)

HTC also worked to reduce or eliminate duplicative apps in every case possible. So, for example, the HTC Music player is gone in favour of Google Music. In a couple cases HTC needed to pre-load HTC's apps to support certain features, such as HTC Gallery to support RAW images, in addition to Google Photos. So what's gone for sure?

- HTC Backup
- HTC Music
- Print Studio
- One Gallery
- Peel Smart Remote
- Polaris Office
- Scribble

All the rest seems to be still there. And it doesn't look much different to the Sense 7.0 "regular" version because a lot of components (such as Calendar, Mail, Clock, Camera, Sense Home, Weather etc.) are accessible via Google Play store. What's also different is the HTC default accent colours, the "G" edition is a bit less colourful.

HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)

HTC's  plan when M8 and M9 begin rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow is to maintain UX consistency with Sense 7.

The main screen looks exactly the same, as well as most parts of the UI (except the colours scheme).

HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)
HTC Sense 7.0 (left) vs HTC Sense 7.0 "G" (right)

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