Our Nexus phones and tablets may have tasted Lollipop now, but we’re still waiting for other devices to get to the sweetness of Android 5.0. This update brings the most significant changes we’ve seen since Ice Cream Sandwich, only much of Google’s visual overhaul will disappear behind various manufacturers’ custom UIs. That leaves us to wonder just how much of Lollipop folks will get to see on devices such as the HTC One M8.
Respected developer @LlabTooFeR has posted a number of screenshots to Twitter that show what we may be able to expect from a future over-the-air update bringing Android 5.0 to HTC’s flagship device. The most obvious change comes to the recent apps switcher, which looks largely the same as what we see on stock Android. The quick settings menu is grayer, with a little bit more space placed between icons.
Behind the quick settings, the home screen is virtually unchanged. While BlinkFeed isn’t visible in any of these shots, it will probably look the same as well. All in all, HTC One M8 owners may have more to look forward to from new features than a different look.
The lack of a big change is good if you like the way Sense looks already. HTC tends to do a good job making its UI and custom apps play along nicely with Google’s taste in design, so if the changes appear slight for now, we can probably expect something more drastic when the next big version of Sense rolls around.