HTC, maker of many of the most popular phones in the Android and Windows Mobile markets, today unveiled the HTC Hero. While the hardware on this Android-based smartphone is as good as anything out there, of particular interest is the new user interface, dubbed HTC Sense, which is both touch-optimized and organizes the user’s needs around the people with which they interact — a bit like the Palm Pre.
Most importantly, however, the Sense interface isolates the operating system from the user. Such an approach allows HTC to produce phones that are distinctly their own, function-wise, no matter what OS is used to power them. This is a smart move on HTC’s part, as obligations to carriers may dictate that a certain OS to be used on a given phone but a common interface lets HTC retain its own look and feel. We wouldn’t be surprised to see HTC Sense appear on Windows Mobile phones the company produces in the future.
The HTC Hero will be available in Europe in July and in Asia later this summer. A North American version will be out later this year.