HTC opens Sense UI to developers

SAN DIEGO--Calling this the "golden age of mobile development" HTC CEO Peter Chou announced at Qualcomm's (NASDAQ:QCOM) 2011 Uplinq conference that the company is making its HTC Sense user interface available to developers for application development. Called the HTC Dev, the program will open up the Sense APIs, making it possible for developers to develop apps that include 3D displays and other innovations.

"You will use these tools to make your apps even better," Chou said. 

The HTC Dev famework will be called Open Sense SDK and will be available online in a few weeks though the web site, www.htcdev.com.  

During his keynote, Chou also touted Near Field Communications, saying that HTC expects that by 2015 there will be more than 500 million NFC devices sold. 

He also said that biometric technology holds a lot of promise because it could turn a smartphone into an electronic ID or electronic passport, and it will play a critical role in the mobile healthcare system.

Be sure to also check out these other stories from the Uplinq conference:

  • Uplinq 2011 caters to OEMs, developers
  • Qualcomm, CAA partnership makes push for mobile developers
  • Elop: Nokia will disrupt existing Android-dominated ecosystem
  • HP's Rubenstein talks up webOS, hints at licensing

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