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HTC’s Puccini Tablet Will Sport the First Fully Skinned Version of Honeycomb?

The HTC Puccini tablet has been somewhat of a mystery to this point, other than the fact that we’re all pretty sure that it’s headed to AT&T as one of their first LTE devices.  Today though, we get a glimpse at HTC’s plans to be the first OEM to fully skin Honeycomb.  Yeah, I know what you are thinking, “Noooooooooooo!  Can’t we at least have untouched tablets?”  To their defense, at least on phones in the past, they have been one of the more polished and stable skins in the game, so we’re at least a little interested in seeing what they can do.  We’ve heard some pretty positive things about the tablet version of Sense that is on the Flyer, so we’re hoping they have found a way to do this right as well.

My thoughts on skinning – A part of me wants to at least see what these OEMs can bring to the table.  Honeycomb to me, feels pretty bare bones, so I wouldn’t mind seeing some add-ons as long as they aren’t overwhelming like they have been on phones.  For the most part, I hate the skinning of Android, but 3.0 seems like it could use a little sprucing.  Maybe?

/me ducks the skinning jabs. 🙂

Gallery below.  And let us know what you think about the skinning of Honeycomb.  

Via:  PocketNow

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  • Ffred316

    htc makes the best skin for android c`mon people you not talking about the ugly as moto-blur skin here you talking anout sense the best skin for android i say this is probably the tablet that i would buy

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  • Djstar2k2

    idk but the best part about the android tablet wars is since all the tabs have the same os and hardware oems have to compete with price. my accer tab updates are fast and clean. and I’m a fan of stock android PERIOD. but to each his/her own. over the last 3 yrs skins have add some functions but they could be add in apps instead of os mods. 99% of vanilla androids updates have been smooth take the last 3 months and all the skined android updates nowhere near smoove and gb has been out since Xmas wow! now rooting isn’t always a painless and easy not everyone has the drive to fool with it. now the Sammy tab is a new possibility it shipps stock with touchwiz later. now if u update to two you can’t go back but imagine a gsII shipped stock and if you want two then u can update or not that’s sweet. I hope this becomes a trend

  • Hate it. For the record, I hate all OEM skins of Android.

  • Lee

    I like to knock things before I try them.

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  • Peter Bartholomul

    I don’t understand why everyone is complaining over skins on their android phone. Most of the people on this forum root their phones anyway. and when they root their phones they usually flash a custom rom. thats like one of the main reasons to root. and when they flash the rom it gets rid of the skin unless they flash a Sense rom. and if they do that and still complain about the skin then they are just stupid. and if you don’t root the phone most people download homescreen launchers. it doesn’t get rid of the skin but it hides it as if it isn’t even there. I think it still uses memory but with all these new fast phones coming out its barely noticeable. 

    • Anonymous

      Not everyone has the time to search for a rooting method that is simple. Some are complex and very few have 1 click root. Also, not everyone wants to keep track of new updates than rush out than un-root to get the newest OTA. Id prefer it was an option while keeping stock. The point of rooting is to remove unwanted skins and add custom ROMs.

      Ive read multiple articles that some Home Launchers crash alot, widgets disspear, Icons get re-arranged and home screens mess up. Ive seen it first hand and its happens to me a few times. The point of having stock is to have the original UI and not hunt for a new onea. 

  • Dare you to reply

    Aww man this is bullsh*t

  • Anonymous

    Hehe. Count me out.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t get the need for all these skins. There are definitely too many people playing with their tablets and not using them! I would much rather see a variety of performance enhancements, i.e. processors, screens, business software, a way to type on forums without lag, etc……..!     

  • Rjoudrey

    I really don’t get the need for all these skins. There are definitely too many people playing with their tablets and not using them! I would much rather see a variety of performance enhancements, i.e. processors, screens, business software, a way to type on forums without lag, etc……..! 

  • Anonymous

    I think skins are one of those things, options.  If you don’t like Sense, don’t by HTC.  Don’t like Blur, don’t buy Moto….etc.  If every carrier can have every type of phone, skinned or stock, it would create options for all on what they want on their phone.  Would it be nice to have a feature to turn them off, sure.  Is it going to happen, I would say no.  If they allow unlockable bootloaders then we do what we want with them, not that that is always going to happen.  But skinning has come a long way from the first MotoBlur release.  All skins seem to be getting more polished….sense is really nice, touch wiz seems to be getting better, and the “skin formally known as Blur” has come a long way.  Are the perfect, no.  But then vanilla isn’t always the best.  Hopefully the OEMs will continue to listen to the masses and refine their skins, which I think they will as Android continues to grow and get better.  But bottom line…..if you don’t like skins…..don’t buy them. 

  • Anonymous

    I am usually happy about HTC Skins. I have a rooted Eris with 2.3.4 sense 3.0. I have a stock ThunderBolt with 2.2.1 with sense 2.1. I have looked at these screenshots and I disapprove greatly. I was really thinking this would be the tablet to get. Oh well. I hope the Xoom2 or Kore is stock.

  • IseWise

    Im alright with skins if they are well done. If would be nice if we could get an option to turn them off.
    The potentially positive side of skins I see is that they can innovate on the Android system and bring us cool features like notification widgets which I believe were part of a skin from some manufacturer. Then AOSP can take this interesting new ideas and features and incorporate them into stock vanilla. 

  • Stelv81

    Sense isn’t a skin….It’s an experience. Moto and Samsung should be taking notes from HTC.

  • Devator22

    If I trust any oem skin, it’s sense. HTC has done amazing things with sense so far, and sense 3.0 on my Inc2 is leagues better than stock gb was on my og droid. So I say bring it on, HTC, amazed me again!

  • booboolala2000

    I think it’s a little too soon for a fully skinned version of Honeycomb. We all know that Honeycomb is Beta and ICS is actually gonna be the finished product. It would be better, in my opinion, to wait and see what Google has in mind before resorting to skins. Samsung seems to have made very minor tweaks and turned touchwiz into a widget based offering (nice compromise) Granted HTC does an excellent job with Sense but on a tablet? I don’t see it making the experience better. I like stock because there is less stuff to get in the way of what you want to do. Disclaimer: HTC could blow my mind with Sense for Tablets so I might just fall in lust, but I am not getting another Tablet till my contract is up on my Xoom.

  • Franz

    The probably I have with skinning is at least give me a choice

    Let me pick (from setup or installation) whether to install Sense for Tablets or whether to keep stock 3.x

  • TheAndroid1

    LOOK how fast these unskinned devices are being updated.
    Why do these manufacturers think they need these skins?

  • Anonymous

    I am not a huge fan of skins but I have an extra I credible that I downloaded a sense 3.0 them to and I have to be honest its pretty amazing good animations,Widgets and lots of options for something that is supposed to come from the manufacturer. So if they can do to a tablet whatthey did with sense 3.0 I say go for it. On my Xoom I ran it stock for about a week or two then threw on ADW and have not looked back. I just think that Honeycomb might just be a little too stock/ vanillia.

  • Anonymous

    If HTC lets us unlock the bootloader like they’re letting us unlock the bootloader of out phones then I don’t care if it has Sense.  If I like it, I’ll leave it on.  If not, root and remove.

  • Jim Dandy

    It was inevitable 🙁

  • 12

    I would not believe any thing that HTC has to say.

  • Yes this is true, my friends dad works for product development in HTC. 

    • Anonymous

      what is true?

  • Anonymous

    Skin and bloatware? Double win.

  • Jason Rosensweig

    Just got the Touchwiz update on my Galaxy Tab 10.1. I was a little hesitant to apply it at first but i made a back up (i’m rooted of course) prior to doing so. I gotta say, Samsung did an amazing job. The honeycomb overlay is minimal and they definitely added some nice features. Performance actually went UP over stock UI. Very impressed so far…

  • James Jun

    The only thing keeping me interested in this tablet is the digitizer + stylus combo that’s in this thing. Could help in precise digitial design. 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    HORRIBLE product name

  • Vanillaboy

    I hate how most android devices are skinned.

  • Kylguy123

    I don’t like skins. I am in favor for stock. If they have to skin it, why not give an option to be able to turn it on or off?

  • no pics of the homescreen.. does that mean they didnt skin it?

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to skin the HTC CEO and feed it to my village

  • Jason Purp

    How stupid are these manufacturers? PEOPLE DO NOT WANT OEM SKINS. GOD DAMN.

  • That keyboard is epic fail!

    • Anonymous

      whats wrong with it? Put another one on if you don’t like it, but it doesnt look that bad to me. I’m sure they’ll have the option to remove the number pad…

      • Anonymous

        well. he is saying that it is off center which is in fact “retarded.” 

    • Must have smallest hands ever.

    • Interstellarmind

      get thumb keyboard. the only reason i wanted to keep my tablet was because of thumb keyboard. that’s how awesome it was.

  • I thought Honeycomb didn’t need to be skinned?

  • When has HTC not released a Sense anything?

    • Dan

      Quit talking non-sense

    • hkklife

      The Nexus One and G2 on T-Mobile come immediately to mind…

      • Nexus phones don’t count because by philosophy they have to be stock, and the the G2X is one phone