Imitation and Innovation

HTC One

HTC launched it’s (yet another) flagship device yesterday. As always another Android device that is way better than an iPhone in terms of hardware specs but when you zero down to software and other features it’s a different story altogether.

  • It still ships with Android 4.1 – I don’t know where the problem lies – Is it with Google or OEMs but the rollout certainly needs to be faster
  • Google Now is buried deep within the system, adding complexities isn’t innovation. As Ken Seggal says in his book Insanely Simple “Removing clutter is the byproduct is simplicity”
  • It is a new version but still is HTC Sense that hogs your system processes

 

HTC and the likes have to up the mantle in terms of developing UI and Software, Google can give them a headstart, Jellybean 4.2 FYI is a great one, all they have to do is capitalize on that and not screw it up like Samsung did with it’s Touchwiz. I doubt despite the fact of Touch wiz being criticised up down left right Samsung will do away with it in the upcoming S4.

I’ll leave you with a quote from John Gruber of Daring Fireball about the innovative UI and features of HTC One –

Aluminium casing with antennas integrated in the exterior? Long press the home button to get a voice-driven interface, double-tap the home button to bring up the multitasking switcher? Can’t quite put my finger on where I’ve seen these things before.