Much happened at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) yesterday and one of the main exhibitions was provided by HTC. They revealed their next generation HTC One M9, which will be coming to several Canadian carriers – Rogers, Bell, TELUS, SaskTel, Koodo Mobile and Videotron – “this spring.” Residing on the One M9 is their latest rendition of Sense 7, HTC’s User Interface (UI). Naturally, when an updated Sense shows up, the first thing HTC owners want to know is when they will be getting their Over-the-Air (OTA) update. HTC Canada said, “The HTC One M8 will receive Sense 7 update in late summer.” There is no word on the HTC One M7 or whether it will even receive the upgrade…it may only make it on the One M9/M8. HTC Canada said there is “no word on any other devices yet. I’ll let you know as soon as that changes.”
Sense has always been one of the most popular UIs and the latest version works with Android’s latest Lollipop operating system and takes into account the Material Design that Google and Android are pushing – even Samsung’s new TouchWiz went on a ‘diet’ and lost much of its bloat to work within the system. Sense 7 seems to barely skin the pure vanilla Android experience with flatter imagery and streamlined performance – yet it also allows the user to customize just about everything on the device. Coupled to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 – a 64-bit octa-core processor – the HTC One M9 with Sense 7 simply flies through its screens.
Other than screen shots and the little hands on at MWC, not a whole lot is known about the new Sense 7 – HTC is probably putting the finishing touches on it before the official launch. HTC has always done a great job of updating Sense and each upgrade seems to make it even better. HTC did not make too many changes to the actual device – the One M9 still looks almost identical to the older One M8 – but Sense has clearly been revamped from the screenshots we have seen. Please check us out on our Google+ Page and let us know if you like the looks of Sense 7 or are you happy with Sense 6…as always, we would love to hear from you.