Home

Share this Story

Sentio UI Steps Into the Home Replacement Arena, We Approve and Want More

It’s been a while since we last had a new home replacement pop up to drool over, but fortunately for all of you, one landed in our inbox  this morning from someone you may recognize.  Anyone recall the name REALigion from the DarkEdge days?  Well, he’s reappeared with a new goal of making an installable UI for every single “powerful” Android device on the market, including tablets.  Say hello to Sentio UI.  

As you may have expected, the Sentio project is far from being complete, but that’s exactly the point of this post.  Ethan (REALigion) has asked us to help spread the word on this new project and to get some public feedback from all of our readers.  You could play a big part in the future of this new UI, so make sure to let him know what you think in the comments.

Some important notes:

  • It will be months before anything is actually shown
  • It *should* be available to NON-ROOT users on the Market
  • There will be tiered payment plans including a limited Free version
  • There are several wonderful features planned
  • Since it’s non-root, it should be compatible with almost any powerful Android device – INCLUDING tablets

Pricing for the final project would likely be tiered, starting with free and paid versions, but could allow users to move up to a subscription service if they want that much control.

The Sentio UI mockup:

  • Loucas69

    Big Projects like this one should take ages though and it is boring to wait!!!!!

  • kvolz17

    I would definitely pay to have this app and cant wait for it to become available

  • http://www.facebook.com/beegore Brandon Bombard

    I want this like right now yosta!?!?!?!? :P

  • Anonymous

    i just came a little because the other UI went to Blkbry this wud be awesome

  • Anonymous

    Man, would i love to be a beta tester for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cory.Evan.Dunbar Cory Evan Dunbar

    i think its pretty sweet, i’d play with at least. probably keep it until the next big thing unless its just that amazing that i have to keep it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=40012945 Andrew Leneway

    Read what it says in 00:27. There maybe some optional features such as radio subscription.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=40012945 Andrew Leneway

    Read what it says in 00:27. There maybe some optional features such as radio subscription.

    • Anonymous

      Right on ;) It’s actually referring to rdio, which is my personal favorite music service. It’s things like this that would need to have subscriptions attached.

    • Anonymous

      Right on ;) It’s actually referring to rdio, which is my personal favorite music service. It’s things like this that would need to have subscriptions attached.

  • Anonymous

    It looks better than WP7!

  • Sholtkamp32

    Awesome! I’m digging it. ALSO what song is this? Shazam wouldn’t pick it up for me!

    • Anonymous

      That Tree by Kid Cudi – Soundmen Remix

      It’s on YouTube

    • Anonymous

      That Tree by Kid Cudi – Soundmen Remix

      It’s on YouTube

  • jdb80

    I agree with some of the other posters; it looks too much like Windows Phone 7. Pass.

  • Geezyaridah06

    It looks clean, sleek, and very user friendly.. cant wait till its released.

  • http://www.facebook.com/franzvezuli Franz Vezuli

    No thanks.

  • Guest

    As long as it is fast and has no lag I’ll buy it…The stock one has lag sometimes even with no widgets on my DROID 1. Rooting can speed things up but they are a little buggy sometimes. Launchers for a NON rooted phone are laggy sometimes…

    • Anonymous

      Responsiveness is the number 1 priority for us. Thanks for the input!

    • Anonymous

      Responsiveness is the number 1 priority for us. Thanks for the input!

  • Chrisjohn814

    simply amazing!

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is just WOW, this looks phenomenal and with REALigion behind this project and the other phenomenal devs I’m sure this is actually going to make it past just being a concept like quite a few neat looking UI’s. However one thing caught my eye… monthly subscription? Honestly that sounds kind of ludicrous I would much rather pay $15 dollars and for something of this caliber by all means let me turn my pockets inside out for you… just not every month there’s no reason for that.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you want the features) there are at least a few features that simply can not happen without a monthly subscription. For an idea of what these might be – just consider what sort of mobile apps use subscription payments today…

      However, these will be entirely optional and it’s only the top-level package that has subscriptions.

      And it’s not like we’re going to stop you from getting important features without also paying for unimportant expensive features. We’re very consumer friendly, I promise :)

      • Anonymous

        I can’t see why your leaning towards a monthly subscription. I feel like you’d have to guarantee major updates every month to justify monthly payments even with a higher tier package. I’m paying a monthly subscription just to make calls and have the internet on my phone, let alone pay a monthly feature for something to look pretty. Wouldn’t you think that sets you outside your competition? And not in a good way?

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you want the features) there are at least a few features that simply can not happen without a monthly subscription. For an idea of what these might be – just consider what sort of mobile apps use subscription payments today…

      However, these will be entirely optional and it’s only the top-level package that has subscriptions.

      And it’s not like we’re going to stop you from getting important features without also paying for unimportant expensive features. We’re very consumer friendly, I promise :)

  • Anonymous

    Looks nice! I like the widgets’ accessibility and the multitasking ease. Can’t wait to check it out. And hopefully it’ll offer other themes and colors.

    • Anonymous

      Customization is a priority :)

    • Anonymous

      Customization is a priority :)

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    Feels WP7 / zune-ish. Still, I like it and would definitely try it.

  • Anonymous

    Love what I see….looks very practical, simple and smooth. The easily accessible multi-taking will be the selling point for me. The fewer clicks with the most options wins & looks like this UI will have that. Thanks and please keep us posted on this one!

  • Laz

    Looks pretty sweet but I agree with some others that a monthly payment for this is ridunkulous.

    • Anonymous

      The monthly payments would not be for the UI itself, it’s for features that you simply wouldn’t get *anywhere* without monthly payments. We’re just building these features in to our UI for ease of use and integration.

      They’re entirely optional and we will not trap anyone into paying monthly for features that don’t require it.

    • Anonymous

      The monthly payments would not be for the UI itself, it’s for features that you simply wouldn’t get *anywhere* without monthly payments. We’re just building these features in to our UI for ease of use and integration.

      They’re entirely optional and we will not trap anyone into paying monthly for features that don’t require it.

  • http://www.euandroid.com.br Tsuharesu Luciel

    So… we dont have how to test right?
    Well..people in Brazil would be happy to test this…

  • Anonymous

    Who’s gonna pay for a monthly subscription for a home replacement app? That’s just stupid.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not really a home replacement app. It’s almost literally a new OS. It’s a new OS that happens to run on Android phones and uses Android apps. It’s revolutionary and the only reason we might do monthly subscription is because there will be features included that can not happen otherwise.

      • joe oberster

        I’m with ADroidX. Monthly subscription for an operating system? No thanks. I don’t have to pay Apple a monthly subscription fee to use OSX on my MacBook Pro, and they come out with “revolutionary features” all the time. The OS does look amazing, and could be functional as hell, but if I’m already giving Verizon one of my limbs every month, there’s no way in hell I’m going to pay a monthly fee for this no matter how awesome it is.

        If it is as amazing as it seems, I may pay a good amount for it (meaning $10 at the most), but monthly is ridiculous, I don’t care what the “revolutionary” features are.

        But I will say again that it looks amazing. You’ve obviously put a ton of thought and work into it, and I can’t wait to learn more about it! I just won’t be “subscribing”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trent-Russell/11831390 Trent Russell

    Looks great. There has yet to be a launcher that really revolutionizes the android UI. This and SPB mobile shell look to the first.

  • Tomwillchris

    I want!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW im a incredible using launcher

  • Ojcdabalos

    Looks clean, can’t wait to have this on my phone

  • Anonymous

    It looks good, but how much is it going to cost?

    • Anonymous

      No pricing has been officially announced.

  • Irish22022

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this launcher. I’ve seen some amazing mock ups. Like the dev said, he’s already got progammers attached, which is much more then most mock ups can say, so I would expect it to hit someday.

    Couple questions: What type of customization will you be making available? One of the reasons so many people like launcher pro is because you will rarely see two launcher pro’s that look alike. Swipe ups, changing icons/labels, screen transitions, alter the number of columns and rows, amount of homescreens, etc…

    These are types of things that I think of when I think of launchers. Seems like what you have here is a little different. So you’re developing a new music app that is built in to the UI? What if users like different music apps? Or is that just used as a widget? How will your contacts work over the top of blur contacts? As far as I know you can’t skin blur contacts and still offer it to non-root users.

    I think what you have is rad, I can see it as a ROM (a really awesome ground-breaking ROM in the realm of MIUI), but doing a launcher for non-rooted folks, and including all different custom stock apps, won’t that A) Make it way harder to pump out updates, and B)make the phone run slower because it’s operating with blur/sense/touchwiz behind it?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the response!

      There will be quite a bit of customization offered, not so much like launcher customization, but app customization. For instance, the pink color featured throughout the video will be user-editable.

      What we’re doing has never been done before, ever. The best way to describe it is as a ROM that runs on non-rooted phones… while it’s “on top of” the previous UI/ROM, the underlying UI/ROM will have no effect on it.

      • Anonymous

        I love the idea. The look isnt something i would use but i know many that love the wp7, zune look. If and when this is finished it will truly show how powerful and amazing the Android OS really is. And will show what all can be done to these phones with the mass community that has grown from it. Cant wait to see more.

        • Anonymous

          Even without SentioUI, the base that it’s built upon will be absolutely revolutionary for Android. We’re also hoping to allow near-complete customization if you know how to theme and what not. So you can, if you want, step aside from our look completely.

          • Anonymous

            I do do a lot of work in the graphic department so will look forward to
            seeing what can be done.

          • Anonymous

            I do do a lot of work in the graphic department so will look forward to
            seeing what can be done.

        • Anonymous

          Even without SentioUI, the base that it’s built upon will be absolutely revolutionary for Android. We’re also hoping to allow near-complete customization if you know how to theme and what not. So you can, if you want, step aside from our look completely.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure why I haven’t replied to you yet? Hmm.

      Anyhow.
      Customization will kind of be as “easy” as you want it to be (simple sliders) to as in-depth as you can make it (maybe third party things).

      We are making a new Music app that’s built into the Media app – which is included with the UI. We’re going to hopefully allow users to put whichever music app they want actually in the space that is used by our app.

      Updates will be over the Market – so it shouldn’t be too difficult. As far as performance… we’ve got some good devs that have figured it out. There should be negligible difference in performance.

  • PattyOMalley

    This looks amazing! Would definitely consider downloading.

  • Bmedic1999

    I dont buy apps……until now….finish it already!!!

  • Sandy Korda

    Amazing. I sit and wonder just how much better these apps can get… and then something fresh, simple and easy-on-the-eyes like this comes out! No cartoony or “other guys” knocked-off graphics, this is not just the best of what’s already out there, the guys at Sentio have truly upped the bar! Congrats, Gents! I can’t wait to see what the beta and finished product will look like! Hell, I’d be willing to buy it right now… and I KNOW I’m NOT alone.

    Mazel Tov…!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you very much for the kind words Sandy! We’re hoping to make quite a splash in the Android UI market and really get more competition into it.

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/TheTriscuit Tristan Morris

    So would the music portion pull in all my sources? Meaning would I have all my music on the device, plus pandora and others? If so then that is AMAZING. I’ve always wanted a way to replace what my widgets looked like. But is that possible without root?