HTC is sending out invitations for a closed Sense Home 8 beta on non-HTC phones

HTC has been decoupling its apps for some time, and the vendor is now sending out invitations for beta testers to try out Sense 8 Home — the launcher on the HTC 10 — on non-HTC phones. The requirements for the closed beta include a non-HTC Android phone that's running Android 4.4 KitKat and above.

Here's one such email forwarded to us by a reader:

HTC Sense Home 8 beta

With Freestyle layouts and a Material Design look and feel, HTC's Sense Home 8 offers an interface that's similar to vanilla Android, while providing a lot of customization options. It'll certainly be interesting to see if HTC actually manages to offer its stock launcher on non-HTC hardware, as it is one of the best-looking interfaces from a mainstream vendor.

What do you guys be interested in installing HTC's stock launcher on a phone by a different vendor? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks Andrew and Timothy!

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.