TechCrunch reports that Google’s Android team is committed to implementing UI enhancements designed to improve the broader Android user experience.
The [Android] team more or less has the core features they want at this point, say our sources, although more tweaks are certainly coming. But Google wants to put an end to the desire of handset manufacturers and carriers to add their own UI layer on top of Google – things like Sense, Motoblur, Ninjablur, etc.
Most of the time their shells aren’t all that great anyway (see HTC EVO), and they tend to slow down the device.
Google is focusing the bulk of its efforts on the user experience for the upcoming Gingerbread release to counter this. And they want to get the Android experience closer to the iPhone.