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HTC Sense UI coming to Magic and G1?

The HTC Sense UI coming to the Magic?
The HTC Sense UI coming to the Magic?

HTC has confirmed the company will be porting the HTC Sense UI, which provides improved functionality to Android phones, to legacy models.

Although Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, declined to say which models were going to get the option of upgrade, the confirmation means it will either be the HTC Magic or G1.

"HTC sense will be available on some other existing devices," he told Pocket-Lint.

Although there isn't a time scale for the change, it would bring additional functionality, such as customising your own home screens with pre-defined widgets, to legacy handsets.

Strange move

Such a move would be strange for the likes of the HTC Magic, as essentially it's a very similar phone to the Hero, apart from having a smoother chassis and only a 3.2MP camera.

It would be a similar thing seen at the recent iPhone 3GS launch, where the iPhone 3.0 software was available for both the new and old versions of the phone, meaning the hardware upgrade became less appealing.

But at least HTC doesn't have to worry about breaking contracts to get the latest model, as the Hero is available on Orange and T-Mobile, with Vodafone nabbing the Magic.

Via Pocket-lint

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.