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Video: HTC Sense 6.0 Tour Shows New Gestures, Other Goodies

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A video of what appears to be HTC’s new Sense 6.0 surfaced over the weekend, giving is an idea as to what HTC has in store for the “All New HTC One” or One (2014). The video was uploaded briefly before being deleted, but since this is the internet, several copies of the clip have been re-uploaded, one of which we included for your viewing pleasure below. 

I don’t actually believe that this is Sense 6.0 running on the new HTC One, but rather a ROM built off of Sense 6.0 that is being ported to another HTC device. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there are messages during the video of the owner having issues with the camera, something that almost always plagues ROMs in their initial state. We have already seen sounds and wallpapers leak from the One, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sense 6.0 ROMs pop up before the launch of the One.

With that said, there is still plenty of good stuff to talk about here. While the overall look of Sense certainly hasn’t changed, you can see how HTC is trying to innovate on the software front, since well, we know that the One (2014) will be much like the One (2013) in terms of hardware design.

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The coolest feature shown is a “Motion Launch gestures” section under “Display, gestures, and buttons.” The gestures allow you to jump straight into BlinkFeed, open up a widget panel, unlock the phone,  or open the camera without ever pressing the lock/wake button. With the screen off, you simply pick up the phone, and swipe in the direction of the action you want to complete. Swipe left to get into widgets, right to get into BlinkFeed, up to unlock, or double-tap to wake. If you put the phone in landscape, you can press the volume button to launch the camera.

These gestures remind me of Motorola’s take on software enhancements. Rather than giving you a bunch of 1-time use features like we saw during last year’s Galaxy S4 launch, HTC is trying to give you ways to interact with your phone without much fuss. Like Active Display, I can see these new gestures really coming in handy.

We are also seeing a button to turn off BoomSound, a restyled gallery, purple accents throughout, a new darkened dialer, and a couple of new HTC apps.

Check out the video below, and let us know what you think.

 

  • NemaCystX

    I see they brought themes back. One theme changed the accents to orange, the other changed it to black/purple. You can atleast see the colors of the theme above the thumbnail selector. Sense always has lots of goodies but ever since it was “minimal” I don’t like the look as much. If they were going to go minimal at all, they should have followed Moto X and just threw in their take on AOSP instead of a full overlay. Sense 1.2 to Sense 3.5 were really nice but slow but they truly stood out in a crowded smartphone market.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Alright, come on Samsung haters, let’s hear it… BLOATWARE!!! :P

  • RiceCake

    This is most likely a rom. The big hint is beats audio in the settings. Unless i have missed something.

    • Aooga

      The HTC one has that too.

  • Seun A.

    Simply beautiful! Less is More. Samsung, take notes.

    • Ruel Smith

      Gee… If Samsung wants to not sell phones and lose money, they should take notes. Otherwise, ignore and continue onward. Sense, as much as you minimalist sadists like it, is boring to the regular user camp. It looks about a dull as buying a new car and having it painted olive drab. I know you Sammy haters go on and on about Samsung’s marketing, but all that is left behind once they hit the Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile or whatever showroom. When they pick up the phone, and touch it…try it out, it’s Touchwiz with all its pop and bling that makes the difference at the point of sale. Sense is very dull and boring.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    they are packing the right things in a good package. this one isnt too far off my radar.

    • Pratik Holla

      “right things in a good package” Nailed it on the head. I love it when companies put features in that add value on a daily and consistent basic rather than features that you will use one time in a year. Samsung could learn a few things from HTC.

    • Ruel Smith

      Sadly, or thankfully, depending how you look at it, the buying public sees it differently. Unless they do something about how dreadful the Sense experience is, people will continue to not buy HTC products and they’ll close their doors. Great phone, hampered by a plain-Jane UI that’s lacking.

  • tylerc23

    I think that it looks really really nice

  • hldc1

    I think the colored accents can be chosen by the user. At one in the video, the accents are orange for the settings toggles (WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.) in the Settings menu.

    • tylerc23

      Yeah I think so too, because I saw Green in the other videos

    • LionStone

      I think the color changes depending on what theme is chosen.

  • Maxim∑

    I think HTC will continue to decline unfortunately, I just feel like the things Apple and Google might relese this year will overshadow a lot of the competition.

    Sony is a great example of that. Solid phones barely any attention

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    One thing that really really throws me off from the new sense is the vertical scrolling. EVERY Other phone does the horizontal, and I must admit I did miss veritical scrolling once Samsung did away with it….but now I’m so used to it now, it kind of throws me off. But just a minor complaint. They should at least give the option though.

    • Tim242

      Nova : )

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Lol wouldn’t be a problem, but I actually like Sense UI. If I want a stock experience I’ll just stick my SIM in my Nexus.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    I was just waiting for this guy to go into the phone info and show his IMEI number.

    • Ryan

      And blast Soulja Boy real quick hahaha

  • Greg Morgan

    I mostly like the new Sense. The only thing i don’t understand and don’t like is the vertical scrolling in the app drawer.

    • p4

      i agreed when i first got the htc one .. then i realized that it only felt wrong because i wasnt use to it .. had i never used a side-scroller, it never would have been awkward :)

  • Eric R.

    I hate that color status bar based on the app, reminds me so much of ios7

    • Greg Morgan

      Definitely looks like iOS 7. but maybe that’s part of the licensing deal they struck with Apple?

    • Aooga

      Looks nice though. To be fair, tinted status bar mod was on xposed before HTC did it. That also tints the nav bar which IMO, makes things look better.

    • tylerc23

      That’s actually one of my favorite parts lol and this was supposed to a major part of Kit Kat initially

      • calculatorwatch

        I like that HTC is keeping the UI very close to Android design guidelines even when they choose to customize it differently than stock. Like how they have the menu bar in the app drawer and it stays in the same place and just changes colors when you open an app. It gives a “sense” of consistency that Android skins so often lack.

    • Chris

      I don’t like iOS 7 overall, but that is one of the features I do like

  • bobbyp

    1hr 8min on battery lets just hope it wasn’t fully charge.

    • picaso86

      Its a HTC what do you expect..

  • Aooga

    This has to go in a wikiepdia article. “Most Leaked Phone of All Time”.

  • Ryan

    Double tap to wake…..ripped from LG…I thought Samsung would but not HTC…

    • Carlos Lopez

      Who cares?

      • Ryan

        I would think that would be a proprietary UI feature. Like Apple and its blue highlighting for actions. But If It was LG announcing from Samsung people would say copycat all day

        • Carlos Lopez

          True but that’s because samsung has a lot of fanboys i never really cared as long as it made for a good phone

        • PoisonApple31

          LG was nothing but a Samsung copycat with the Smartphones until recently – thankfully starting to separate themselves with design. Hell look at the LG Lucid 3 – looks very similar to the S4!

          • PoisonApple31

            Take a look at that! Optimus GPro vs Note II.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            The G Pro is the clear winner here

          • PoisonApple31

            As it should considering it was released in May 2013 when the Note II was released in Q4 2012!

          • The Narrator

            At least LG did it better than Samsung.

    • bobbyp

      I would be surprised to not see something similar on all phones going forward. It is a pretty great concept.

    • BMC123

      :(

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s a good Idea…I’ll take it.

      • NickA

        Agree. I find myself knocking on all my other phones now because I’m so used to the LG.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          lol must be annoying when you realize it doesn’t work.

    • finder999

      every manufacturer ripped it from nokia n9 ;)

      • paul_cus

        This

    • asianrage

      Ripped from LG? I was running the tap to wake function on the Galaxy Nexus BEFORE LG came out with it. It’s not a new idea, just a new manufacturer implementation.

      • Nexoduss

        Asian rage is the equivalent of a baby getting angry. Gtfo

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I have to admit… I have a real soft spot for Sense UI. My first android phone was the HTC Hero (Sprint) and the only phone that kept me away from WebOS. And Sense has been through some ROUGH SPOTS. But after having the HTC One for a few months I’ve loved it (before I sold it because I’m that person that sells and buys) It’s just so much better than it used to be. I’m pretty excited about HTC a lot because of how great Sense has gotten.

    • George264

      Me too. I remember wanting an Incredible or a Evo back in 2010. I had an LG Optimus at the time and I remember trying my hardest to theme it to look like HTC Sense. Then I got a Rezound and I was so glad to have Sense but soon realized it was a slow mess. I got the Droid DNA and it was plagued with the same problem. After using the One and getting 5.0 it’s been so much faster and smoother. I think 6 is going to be even better.