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Leaked HTC Sense 7 screenshots show Android 5.0 influence

Expected to grace select Android smartphones in the next few months, HTC's take on Lollipop looks very Google-y.

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The first look at HTC's take on Android 5.0 design principles. Screenshots by YouMobile

The first glimpse of HTC's next major release of Sense UI has made its way into the hands of YouMobile. And, if these first few screenshots are any indication, HTC may not stray far from the standard Android 5.0 aesthetics.

There isn't a great deal to go on just yet, but it appears we could be in for more of the flat design with high contrasting accent colors. We'll have to wait for more leaks to see how widgets and features like Blinkfeed might look with an infusion of Lollipop .

Google is expected to offer up the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop next week; HTC previously promised to deliver a software update within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. Given how far along HTC looks to be with the update, we might assume they have been fast at work with developer previews.

It's interesting to see HTC opt for a major new release of Sense instead of a minor refresh to the current 6.0 build. Typically, the hardware maker reserves this sort of thing for new devices in the spring. With that in mind, there's plenty of time for refinements and new features for the HTC One M8 successor.