Over the last few months HTC got some media coverage for some videos they released for a device called the HTC Ocean. In the videos, one of the intriguing features was some technology that appeared to make the side edges of the device capable of detecting touch input. Interest in the HTC Ocean concept slid from view though as HTC moved to release their new line of U phones. A new leaked screenshot showing a setting for something called “Edge Sense” may reveal the HTC Ocean is still somewhere in the pipeline on the way to market.
As far as the screenshot, it is for one of the Settings screens and shows the section for some of the phone hardware. Heading the list is the mysterious “Edge Sense” option with a slider to toggle it on or off. The description indicates users then have to tap the option to set up Edge Sense. Notable though is the icon for Edge Sense which appears to show a smartphone being held in the hand but with the thumb laying up against the edge of the device – reminiscent of the gesture used in the videos for the HTC Ocean.
The source for the leaked screenshots, which also reveal the use of Android 7.1.1 on the device, indicates HTC has a device in the works based on the Snapdragon 835 with a 5.5-inch screen, either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. In addition to the Edge Sense option, they indicate the device also gets something called “Sense AI Assistant” which no doubt is HTC’s spin on the implementation of AI into their apps.
Finally, according to this source, the device may be at least announced by the end of April. We will have to keep an eye out to see if more rumors and leaks start to surface about a forthcoming HTC flagship device.