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A series of images apparently showing the brand new update to the Sense interface from manufacturer HTC have been posted online and observers have been quick to compare the look of the interface to that of the Apple iPhone.

HTC plans to release the new interface on its range of Android phones set for sale in 2010 and it was apparently planning to give the system a proper launch in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, an Italian blogger has jumped the gun and unveiled what are claimed to be screen shots of the UI in action.

The first HTC phone to get the updated Sense look is rumoured to be the Espresso, an Android-based handset about which very little verifiable information is available.

Similarities between Sense and the iPhone interface are small but noticeable. For example, the apps are grouped into rows with translucent squares surrounding each one, although the icons for the apps themselves do not need to fill the square.

It has been suggested that HTC has been working to make the contacts interface easier to use as well, although little can actually be gleaned from viewing the screen shots alone. Whether the final design will look anything like these recent leaks is unclear, but there is uncertainty amongst HTC fans that copying a more successful rival is the right step for the company to take.

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