Some cried and some cheered
when Microsoft revealed that handset manufacturers couldn't reskin Windows Phone 7
devices wholesale. But as it turns out, at least one major OEM is still banking on software to help differentiate its phones. HTC's Drew Bamford told Forbes
that Sense UI
will still appear in the company's Windows Phone 7 creations, and believes it will live on in Android 3.0 (Gingerbread
) as well. "Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience," acknowledged Bamford, who added that Sense wouldn't be fully integrated into WP7 phones, but that HTC would "augment" the Microsoft experience with as-yet-undisclosed functionality of its own. As long as it doesn't eat up too much memory and processor time, right?