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Why can the HTC Sense framework not be ported to Atrix?

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    Why can the HTC Sense framework not be ported to Atrix?

    Alright, so I used to use an HTC phone and I honestly really liked the Sense UI (although I know not everyone shares my view). I'm running CM7.1 on my Atrix now (Ba2TF), and it's an awesome ROM, but I was wondering…why is it not possible to port the Sense UI framework to other phones? I know you can get themes and stuff, but it's still not the same.

    Basically, why can't the framework be copied to another phone like the Atrix? I'm sure there are similar phones that exist, I just keep hearing that "it's impossible to put Sense on a non-HTC phone." Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darnocs View Post
    Basically, why can't the framework be copied to another phone like the Atrix? I'm sure there are similar phones that exist, I just keep hearing that "it's impossible to put Sense on a non-HTC phone." Why?
    Oh, I'm sure that with enough time and effort, someone could come up with a framework (likely something that could be added to CM7) that would mimic it. But, I think the overriding conclusion is that it wouldn't make any.... wait for it... sense. Just about everyone who wants a custom Atrix ROM falls into two categories: those that want something based on the stock Blur ROM, though debloated (so that things like webtop can still be used), and those that want a "pure" Android experience, for which there's CM7 (which comes the closest to it). Frankly, I don't think there are enough people who want the Sense framework to make the time and effort to recreate it worthwhile.
    Martin's Android devices:
    - Samsung Galaxy S3 with Quantum (CM 10.2 by PwnCakes193)
    - Asus Transformer TF101 with No-Name (CM 10.2 by josteink)
    - Motorola Atrix 4G with CM 7.2

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    Ahh okay, well that makes sense (no pun intended). So basically it is possible, just no one wants to. Understandable. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darnocs View Post
    Ahh okay, well that makes sense (no pun intended). So basically it is possible, just no one wants to. Understandable. Thanks!
    No problem. Of course, you could always try to convince a developer to create a Sense-like UI, though what you might offer as incentive I couldn't begin to tell you. Realistically, though, I think your best best is probably a Sense theme; like you said, it's similar but not quite the same, but at the moment I think it's the best you're able to do.
    Martin's Android devices:
    - Samsung Galaxy S3 with Quantum (CM 10.2 by PwnCakes193)
    - Asus Transformer TF101 with No-Name (CM 10.2 by josteink)
    - Motorola Atrix 4G with CM 7.2

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    A quick Google search shows this - Sense ui possible [Archive] - xda-developers - as a discussion on XDA about putting Sense UI on non HTC phones.
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