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Using a different UI than Sense on Eris?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ScottySummers, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. ScottySummers

    ScottySummers Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi guys, new posting on the form (though I've been lurking for a month+), and seriously considering buying an Eris. One of the main reasons is how much I love the Sense UI.

    I do have a question regarding the UI which I have not been able to find the answer to: Can I install OpenHome, PandaHome, GDE , dxTop, etc. skins/themes on an Eris, without doing something complex like "rooting it," or am I stuck with only HTC Sense UI?

    And if there IS a way to change to a different UI, would I lose the ability to use all of HTC's built in custom widgets with it?

    I know it sounds a little silly saying I love the phone for the UI and then asking about changing it, but the whole idea I love about Android is the customization. I'm just trying to figure out if having a UI like Sense instead of vanilla Android will limit this, or any other possibilities.


  2. tennapop

    tennapop Newbie

    You can use any of those "home" programs instead of the Sense UI without rooting it. I have aHome on mine, which I don't really use, but you can go back and forth by changing it in the applications menu in the settings if you don't like it.
  3. Ataranine

    Ataranine Android Enthusiast

    Those type of programs would be better if they changed the notification bar too.
    Problem is no matter what one you're using, Sense still opens up in the background for no reason.
  4. ScottySummers

    ScottySummers Lurker
    Thread Starter

    So what you're saying is that even though I only see, say aHome UI, computing and battery resources will be going to run two UIs?

    Thanks for the help so far, but can someone answer the other part of my question: If I use a different UI would I still be able to use the Sense widgets on that different UI?
  5. Ataranine

    Ataranine Android Enthusiast

    If you're not using Sense, you don't get the widgets. But you can download a lot of widgets from the market...
    and the computing question..
    Sense will still open in the background but it won't use your CPU. It's just a PITA to keep force closing it for me. Ugh. I'm not running Sense right now and it keeps opening.

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The HTC Droid Eris release date was November 2009. Features and Specs include a 3.2" inch screen, 5MP camera, 288GB RAM, MSM7600 processor, and 1300mAh battery.

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