Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

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HTC announced Sense 5 when they introduced the HTC One, which is based on Android 4.1.2. It will eventually land on most of the major HTC phones, but for now it’s only on the One. HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers. Whether you’re about to purchase your HTC one, or maybe you already bought one and feel a little lost, this video should help you get more familiarized. Hit the break to check it out.

This video is more about the actual user interface, not the newer software features. Be sure to check out our separate guides for BlinkFeed, Camera/Zoe/Video Highlights, and HTC TV.

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  • mlb1906

    love, love, love Sense 5!

  • World peace

    Sense 5 is awesome – it isn’t confusing at all, rather it’s very easy to use (too easy imo) and the look and feel are simply stunning! I love my HTC One!

    • RobertNazarian

      I only meant confusing in regards that they keep changing many aspects of Sense. Most non tech savvy people have to figure out these changes and it can be a pain.

      • NeverUsedSenseBefore

        Most non tech savvy people do not switch from one to another as often as tech savvy people. Having said that, the interface of Sense – or any other, such as TouchWiz or Android’s own – does not require steep learning curve. It seems that you criticism stems from the fact that you frequently use different devices, and you do not enjoy the minor frustration that new software changes bring; you did not discuss why the new changes are bad, and even if you did, they’d only be your opinion.

        I guess it could be hard to review a product that undergoes UI changes like as frequent as smartphones, whilst being objective.

    • Steve

      Nice try HTC rep

      • Ruban

        and nice try HtC hater, ;)

  • Bruce W. Bixon

    I give Sense 5 2 thumbs up!

  • Doug

    I would not touch this phone until the aosp gods work their wizardry. What an unattractive & convoluted ui. I can see why HTC is tanking!!

  • Guest

    From article: ” HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers.”

    What happened to the tech press? They now complain about change and report on those who are resistant to change with glowing praise. Windows 8 reporting was bad enough, but this is an example of complaining about something that hasn’t even been released yet.

    Quite a change when years ago the most significant changes to software would be scrambling the pull down menus, so that an item that was under File is now under Edit. Those changes made a new version “must have.” Now you have significantly better software being criticized because some people don’t like change.

    Newsflash: To improve software you have to change it. Change is not per se bad. I can only assume the top rated OS by the tech press will soon be XP.

  • Kary Krismer

    From article: ” HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers.”

    What happened to the tech press? They now complain about change and report on those who are resistant to change with glowing praise. Windows 8 reporting was bad enough, but this is an example of a member of the press complaining they don’t like change.

    Quite a change from years ago the most significant changes to software would be scrambling the pull down menus, so that an item that was under File is now under Edit. Those changes caused the press to declare a new version “must have,” totally ignoring how the unnecessary changes were confusing to users. Now you have significantly better software being criticized because some people don’t like change.

    Newsflash: To improve software you have to change it. Change is not per se bad. I can only assume the top rated OS by the tech press will soon be XP.

    • RobertNazarian

      You’re misunderstanding me when I talk about consistency. I am not against change for the better, but HTC keeps making changes to the overall aspect of Sense like changing the app drawer and the dock. These aren’t tweaks or improvements. Refining the camera software to incorporate Zoes is the kind of change that you are talking about and is what I call an improvement. HTC needs to stop messing around with the stupid stuff.

      • Guest

        And who decide what changes are worth it and what no? Are you the world’s top Android authority?
        What’s wrong with the app drawer horizontal or vertical? Nothing, is just your opinion, it look to me that you need some ratings boost and this is the only nonsense you find to write about.

  • xgman

    This video convinced me to wait for the Galaxy S4. Sense 5 seems senseless to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Worley/751528426 Tim Worley

      A ridiculous comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Worley/751528426 Tim Worley

    Sense 5 is much better than 4 IMHO. Quicker, smoother and better all round.

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  • tb

    Sense 5 is better than 4+ and above all HTC One is the best Smartphone on the market

  • Vipin Webster

    Sense 5 is far better than other sense versions or any other ui (stock android or touch wiz, having same interface in all upgraded phones). Im enjoying my HTC ONE its a god of phones luv u htc :*

  • Eric

    U.S. T-Mobile version is still stuck with 4.1.2. No future updates available as promised. What s disappointment. Android is the best amd keeps its reputation for f up fragmentation on its devices. The carriers don’t give an f. Customers always suffer with lack of security updates.