Hooray! HTC Magic users will be glad to know that they'll be able to upgrade their devices to HTC Sense, the sexy, wonderful UI that have people going gaga over on the HTC Hero. If you've forgotten how lovely HTC Sense is, feel free to check out our coverage on what we feel is a major step forward for Android.

One bad thing though, this bit of news doesn't apply to T-Mobile myTouch 3G users. Due to licensing issues, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and other Magics with the "with Google" branding won't be able to officially upgrade to HTC Sense. We're not exactly sure how the legalities work but it probably has to do with Google and T-Mobile not wanting non-Google/T-Mobile approved software floating around on their handets. Lame. There's always the good folks at xda for you though...

But if you've got yourself a HTC Magic without Google branding, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. You'll be able to rock your device like the forthcoming HTC Hero. Kudos to you all.

[via gizmodo]

 
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HTC Sense Coming to HTC Magic, Not T-Mobile myTouch 3G

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I would much rather have the standard Android UI. I'm sure it uses a lot less of the phones resources to run the basic UI, which gives the phone more power to do more things. I hope the Motorola Morrison has the "with Google" branding too when it comes out.

Are you serious? Sense UI is the only reason I'm looking at android in the first place. There's nothing really innovative about the standard Android UI, and the little you loose in performance is well worth what you gain in features and convenience!

I agree with the other person. That was the only only reason I'm considering Android for my next phone when my contract with T-Mobile is up next month. I guess either way I'll be going to Sprint for either the Hero (if the rumors are true) or the Pre.

I used to think the Sense UI was the most incredible UI out there until Rachael. Would be curious to see what comes out next in UI development.