We caused quite a bit of uproar yesterday when we said we weren’t huge fans of HTC Sense. Admittedly, the company does have quite a few fans out there, but just one look at their current financial situation shows that they don’t have as many as they need to stay healthy. But enough about that, let’s talk about the future. Yesterday we stumbled upon two images of what was alleged to be the next version of HTC’s Android skin, Sense. Today, courtesy of Pocketnow, we have a few more. We’re happy to say that the same clean lines are there, along with an updated homescreen that looks a bit something like what we saw in the HTC Rhyme. The most obvious question if of couse when will HTC formally announce their new software?
Let’s think about this logically. Mobile World Congress is next month. We think that a device that’s codenamed the “M7″ will be announced there. It’s set to be similar to the Butterfly/DNA, but have a better camera, and a design language that’s more polished than anything we’ve seen from HTC in the past. So could Sense 5 show up on the M7? Possibly, but the number 5 just bugs us a little bit. Shouldn’t it be reserved for the next version of Android? If so, does that mean HTC is going to do what Samsung did in 2012 and announce the M7 by holding their own event? Google I/O is in May this year. See where we’re going with this? HTC could launch Sense 5 on top of Android 5 either at Google’s event or shortly thereafter.
Yes, we know we sound like conspiracy theorists, but we can’t help but think deeply about HTC. They were the first company to produce an Android phone, they were the first company to make a Nexus, and for many of us, they’re a company that’ll never leave our hearts.
But given the choice, we’d rather own a Samsung. Maybe that’ll change this year.