HTC’s slick new HTC Sense 5 Android re-skin looks set to land on older devices as well as the company’s new flagship HTC One handset.
At least some of the new functions offered by the new UI will be making their way to the HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One S and HTC Butterfly, according to a new Facebook post from the company:
“HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.”
So what’s likely to make the jump to older handsets? We’d say BlinkFeed, the content aggregation service that HTC signed up so many partners for for starters; all parties involved their will likely be looking to maximise the reach of that feature (HTC will want to increase visibility of the headline feature of their new UI, while content providers will look to push their wares to as many users as possible).
Likewise the new clean fonts and stripped back design sensibilities will likely make the jump, as will tweaks to customise the app drawer.
However, it’s highly unlikely that the Zoe camera features will make the jump. The new ultrapixel camera technology won’t work alongside older camera systems.
No word yet on the roll out of the updates, but it expect it to be some time after the HTC One launches on 15 March. Find out more about BlinkFeed and HTC Sense 5 by clicking here.
By Gerald Lynch | February 28th, 2013