Sense UI update for HTC Magic is here. Only in Taiwan for now

When HTC launched the Sense UI on a Hero Android handset, I was mightily impressed.

And, very soon,  I started getting questions from readers, who already bought HTC Magic handset with plain vanilla Android UI, whether there is any way to get Sense skin on Magic. Well, on G1/Dream too.

I know that HTC promised to port Sense to previous models. Still.

Until today, the answer was “No”. And, for most of Magic owners and all G1s, it still is “No”.

But today I have some good news, that indicate that soon Sense UI may be officially made available for HTC Magic devices. At least where their carrier contracts and Google licensing requirements do not prevent it.

In fact, HTC Sense UI has already ‘been made available for HTC Magic owners on Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom.

HTC Magic Sense UI update

It will probably depend a lot on the operator, that you’ve got your HTC Magic from, and if your Magic is promoted as a Google phone.

But let’s hope HTC Sense updates will be rolled out pretty soon for the rest of them.

As for G1/Dream? Sorry, I’m not sure that that prototype level ugly hardware, running super optimized alfa/beta level software can handle Sense.

If it can, it may be ported, just don’t bet on it.

Sense UI availability on HTC Magic, was a super nice, consumer friendly act enough.

Can you name any other handset maker that did the same? (Except for Apple, who did not have to worry about screen resolutions, and other stuff)

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • L. Brown

    I have HTC Sense UI on my G1, its rather old honestly. I've moved on to the Motorola Blur UI.

  • http://359gsm.com/ Vesko

    Just to let you know… G1 has the same CPU and the same amount ot RAM as the Magic. Its OS has had the same updates as the Magic (currently – Andro 1.6). So what exactly do you mean by:
    ” I’m not sure that that prototype level ugly hardware, running super optimized alfa/beta level software can handle Sense.”
    If HTC Magic could handle sense ui there is no reason G1 would not be able :)
    And.. yeah, its ugly but capable :)

  • http://mbahgendengku.blogspot.com/2009/10/mbah-gendeng-kontes.html mbahgendeng

    great design I think… I like it..

  • http://pulse2.com/2009/02/16/htc-magic-powered-by-android-exclusively-on-vodafone/ magicmania

    wow.. magic.. I like it

  • Ryan

    Can u please send me the link via e-mail for the Sense UI for HTC magic and the MOtorola blur UI please the e-mail is Rpinkerton2009@live.ca please thanks

  • creditscore

    I have bought my HTC from Taiwan , but right now I am in Korea, where do i get the Sense UI update ? also, tell me about htc g1 skins available here in Korea.

  • creditscore

    I have bought my HTC from Taiwan , but right now I am in Korea, where do i get the Sense UI update ? also, tell me about htc g1 skins available here in Korea.