Sense 5.0 throwing widgets out with the bath water
One of the hallmark features of Android is the ability to place widgets on the home screen. Widgets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are supposed to decrease the number of apps you should launch to look at information. HTC has been one of the few Android OEM’s who have quite the widget selection as compared to say LG, Samsung, or Motorola.
There has been a recent uproar over the HTC One and its new “BlinkFeed” homescreen. It exchanges widgets for a ever updating feed of your social networks a various newsfeeds. You still have access to traditional Android homescreens but the default is BlinkFeed. This was a conscious decision from HTC based on how their users have been using their phones. HTC learned several things in their studies. Clock, weather and music widgets were often the most used with less than 10% of users using no other widgets.
Second many users didn’t differentiate between widgets and apps and last but not least after the first month only 20% of people would actually change up their homescreen from the way the were the first days after having their phone. HTC designed their new homescreen experiences based on their studies and thinks that future customers will appreciate it. How do you feel about HTC’s new Sense 5.0?