BlinkFeed with a twist
Late last month The Wall Street Journal reported that HTC was hard at work on a "new" mobile operating system for the Chinese market, as part of an effort to expand its presence in the country. And now we have the first photo of what might be HTC's new China-centric smartphone software.
The image above appeared on Chinese social network Weibo, and appears to show an HTC Butterfly or Butterfly S running a BlinkFeed-like home screen setup with a few changes. To elaborate, there are new "widgets" for email and music, and many of the icons appear to have been redesigned to fit with the lighter color scheme. The background of the panels is also a light grey, compared to Sense 5's darker tones. It's this, together with the image's source, which leads us to believe that we're dealing with a new, localized UI rather than the next version of Sense.
We can't discern too much from one leaked image, though its appearance suggests it's probably running some form of Android under the hood — even if Google's own apps are absent, as they are from many Chinese Android phones. Time will tell whether the UI above becomes the new face of HTC devices in China.