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?HTC Ocean? Concept Video: No Physical Button, Out-And-Out Sense Based Technology Showcased

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A shop attendant arranges HTC phones in a mobile phone store in Taipei November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

As it turns out, someone at HTC shared a video of an interesting concept smartphone by mistake. This new device is called ?HTC Ocean.?

The video appears to be something intended for internal use. However, it was made public accidentally and was taken down immediately. But not before @evleaks took a copy of it. Following which, this video is now available for public viewing. [Scroll down to check out the video.]

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Going by the video, the new smartphone called HTC Ocean does not have a physical button at all. Instead, it apparently makes use of sensors embedded along the edges of the handset. These sensors will help in capturing various gestures, which will later be translated to specific functions.

The functions can be anything like adjusting the volume, locking or unlocking of device, or triggering Google?s voice search, among others. To top it off, it can also double as a camera shutter key without a physical button onboard, GSM Arena noted.

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This particular sensor-based technology housed in HTC Ocean is known as ?Sense Touch.? It is worth noting that HTC uses Sense UI on top of Android in all its devices. Furthermore, the video shows two main cameras at the back of the handset.

While many in the tech circuit were breaking their heads to find key details about the HTC Ocean,?9to5Google tried contacting the source. Apparently, Danielle Vermeulen is the source of the video.

Vermeulen promptly replied back saying the HTC Ocean is a conceptual work and that it has no resemblance to any product that is being worked on by HTC, at this point. Here is the video:

After the success of HTC 10, the Taiwanese tech giant is currently working on two Google devices namely the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Rumors and benchmark listings say both these devices will come powered by Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 820 SoC.

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Software-wise, the Pixel and Pixel XL will reportedly run the next minor version Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. It is worth noting that the LG V20 is the first device to run Android 7.0 Nougat and it is gearing up for release in the U.S. next month.

When it comes to price, the HTC-built Pixel devices will apparently set the buyers back by $649.

Are you excited to see sense-based technology onboard the HTC Ocean? Feel free to leave a comment.

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