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TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has let slip that its Sense 5.0 user interface that debuts on the HTC One will be coming to older devices.
HTC revealed the news on Facebook in response to a customer enquiry as to whether the HTC One X will be upgraded to the latest version of Sense.
It said, "HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of [the] HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates."
HTC clearly worded this response carefully, as it notes that not all of the software features found on the HTC One will be coming to its previous generation smartphone lineup. We've contacted HTC for further clarity as to what features users can expect, but the firm had not responded at the time of publication.
We're assuming, however, that the standout HTC Sense 5.0 feature Blinkfeed will appear on the One X and One S. This essentially is HTC's take on Flipboard, aggregating content from social networks and news feeds to create an infinitely scrollable list of updates.
The new skin is also likely to bring an interface redesign to HTC's previous releases, which is good news for handset owners.
On the other hand, HTC's new Zoe camera features are unlikely to be made available, as the HTC One has upgraded camera technology onboard to support them.
We'll bring you more details as soon as we get them. µ
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