The HTC Hero has received a lot of buzz for its physical design and new user interface. HTC Sense is the name for the newly designed UI and its set to debut across a number of devices. Developers have recognized the popularity of the HTC widgets and began to release copies. Now users with the original G1 can make their phone look like the beloved Hero.
LevelUp Studio has released a pack of Hero widgets to the Android Market under the name Beautiful Widgets. Included with the set are widgets for clock with weather, WiFi, Bluetooth, and airplane mode.
My favorite of the group is the Beautiful Home Widget which includes large time display, current city, weather icons, and forecast information. Geolocation is used to detect the weather and time so no setup is required. Temperature is available in Celsius or Fahrenheit and a 24hr clock can be toggled. There is a refresh time you can set for weather updates, or just tap the widget to reload it.
Beautiful Widgets is a paid app currently selling for $1.39. The developer has already released several updates and added new widgets to the pack. Go purchase his app so he is inspired to keep adding more. I’d like to see the browser, text, and contacts widgets ported next.
In case you missed all the Hero/Sense news, here is a video to demonstrate the HTC Sense UI.
[Thank you Alex for the tip]