The HTC One is not even widely available and the latest version of Sense UI used on the handset has already been ported to the previous HTC handset – the DROID DNA. A developer over at XDA forums has worked hard to bring the latest Sense UI to the current Verizon flagship of the Taiwanese maker.
Below is a video of the latest Sense UI in action on the DROID DNA -:
The whole ROM based on Sense 5 UI is still a bit buggy though with a few basic features not working properly. One of the new Sense 5 feature, Zoe, is also not working but it should not be long before the developer fixes the issue. However, the new BlinkFeed homescreen works flawlessly and can be customized according to your liking as well.
HTC has already confirmed that it will be bringing the latest Sense UI to some of its older devices including the DROID DNA. However, knowing HTC, the company is going to take its own sweet time to bring the new UI to DNA and will not be implementing certain features that make use of the new hardware on the One, including Zoe.
HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. None of the product from the company managed to leave a mark on the consumers or the market, or offered anything innovative. One of the strong points of HTC phones, Sense, also felt bloated and lagged even on a dual-core handset like the HTC Sensation.
Thankfully, HTC realized its mistake and has since taken some corrective actions as well. At the recently concluded MWC, the company released three new handsets, all very different from each other, under a single brand – One. Now, HTC’s Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, told in an interview to Pocket Lint that the company “added too many things” which made Sense feel bloated and “cluttered”.
Kouji even promised that Sense 4.0 changes all and will make things simpler. He also promised that Sense 4.0 strikes the perfect visual balance between Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense UI itself. It’s nice to see a company like HTC coming clean on its mistakes, unlike some other Android manufacturers (Hint: Motorola).
The company also said that users will be hearing less from the company this year, as the company aims to keep its focus on a few products only. Definitely a good move HTC!
Back in October, we had reported that the HTC Incredible S will soon be getting an Android 2.3.5 + Sense 3.0 software update. Now, nearly a month and half of writing that post, many Incredible S owners from around the world are reporting that they have got the Sense 3.0 update on their phone. The Desire S had also got a similar software update a few months ago.
The new software update for the Incredible S brings with it a new version of Sense, which comes with an improved lock screen, new animations and a slicker app launcher and an app drawer. The minor bump in the Android OS version does not bring any major changes, except for the latest version of Google talk with video chatting capabilities.
The update is being rolled out in stages, so Incredible S users need to be a bit patient. Also, carrier branded variants of the Incredible S will get the update only after the unlocked variants get it. Hopefully, this also means that the Incredible 2, the U.S sibling of the Incredible S, will get the update sooner than later.
Reports also suggest that the Desire HD will get a similar Sense 3.0 + Android 2.3.5 software update sometime soon.
At an event in New York, HTC announced its latest addition to its Droid line-up of handsets – the Rezound. From the front, the Rezound looks similar to the Droid Incredible 2, with the typical red accents found in all the recent Beats banded HTC phones. The red accents go deep inside the phone, including a red battery.
The Rezound is the first phone from HTC to come with a 720p HD display. The display measures 4.3-inch diagonally. Inside the Rezound is a 1.5GHz processor from Qualcomm, accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory and a microSD card slot.
On the connectivity front, the Rezound has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 4G LTE, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB v2.0 port and much more. At the back of the phone is the same much-improved 8MP camera with an F2.2 sensor found in other recent HTC handsets. The camera can also record videos in 1080p resolution, and comes with other goodies like Panorama mode, Action Burst and Instant Capture.
Like all other recently released HTC handsets, the Rezound also carriers the Beats Audio logo. HTC needs to realize that just tweaking the software on the phone and bundling quality headphones will not please audiophiles. They must use a quality audio chip as well. Software tweaks can only improve the sound quality of a phone to a limited extent. This also means that the Rezound will ship with a pair of quality Beats branded earphones.
The Rezound will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense UI running on top of it, but will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by early next year. The handset will hit the retail and Best Buy stores on November 14th, for $299 on a two-year contract.
At the beginning of this month, HTC started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S which brought Sense UI 3.0 to the handset along with bumping the Android version to 2.3.5. This move was appreciated by many Desire S owners, since the company hardly updates the Sense version on their handsets.
Now, it looks like HTC is soon going to start rolling out a similar software update for the bigger sibling of the Desire S, the Incredible S. Android developer and hacker – PaulOBrien– tweeted that an official Sense 3.0 ROM for the Incredible S has surfaced online.
Like the Desire S software update, the software update for the Incredible S will bring with it Sense 3.0, along with its goodies like a 3D launcher, and a widget-izied lock screen. The Android version will also be bumped to 2.3.5, and will also bring Google Talk with video chatting capabilities to the handset.
The download link for the ROM is not yet available now, but its just a matter of days before it makes it way on XDA forums. HTC should also start rolling out the update to all Incredible S owners soon.
HTC announced the successor to the original Desire, the Desire S at MWC this year. Compared to the predecessor, the S sports a faster CPU and GPU, along with more RAM and internal memory. When announced, the handset ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense v2.1.
Now, it looks like HTC have started rolling out a new software update for the Desire S, which bumps the Android OS version to 2.3.5. The update also brings the latest version of Sense UI to the Desire S, which is quite surprising. The Sense v3.0 UI sports some nifty features like a lock screen with shortcuts, new animations and an updated launcher.
The update also brings some new widgets including Clock, Weather and Photo grid widgets, the latest version of Android Market, Calendar app and new Live Wallpapers. Post the update; Desire S owners can also use HTC’s Watch service. Users are also reporting a massive improvement in GPS performance.
It will be interesting to see how the new version of Sense affects the performance of the phone. The Sense 3.0 UI was considered to be a major culprit for all the lags and slowdowns on the dual-core powered HTC Sensation.
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Now, HTC has confirmed to the folks over at Pocket-Lint that all their Sense 3.5 based handsets, including the recently announced Rhyme, will come with free 5GB of Dropbox storage space. Hopefully, HTC will also tightly integrate the service with their Sense UI, and include some nifty features like automatically backing up your personal data including your clicked pictures.
Normally, Dropbox users get 2GB of free space when they sign-up for the service, but HTC users will get 5GB of free space with their new Sense 3.5 UI based phone. For additional space, Dropbox owners can use their referral system or directly get more space by paying for it.
While, there are other cloud based storage services from other giants like Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and Apple’s iCloud, none of these services comes close to Dropbox. SkyDrive offers 25GB of free space, but does not have a dedicated Android app.
HTC has just announced a phone for all the female Droid lovers, the HTC Rhyme. The Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone, which runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sense UI 3.5 on top of it.
For the female geeks out there, the Rhyme packs in a 1GHz MSM8255 processor, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The phone also has 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The 3.7-inch S-LCD screen has a WVGA (480×800) resolution.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera and an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front accompanying it. Like the majority of Droids out there, the Rhyme is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The Rhyme comes with some interesting accessories to charm the ladies out there. The retail box comes with a docking station, an armband, a Bluetooth headset, and a Charm Cable. The Charm Cable has a small cube attached to it, which blinks when the user receives a new incoming calls and/or messages.
The Rhyme will release in lavender color, with many other colored variants being released soon.
The HTC Rhyme will be first available under the Verizon’s network in the U.S.A, with the launch in Asian and European markets following it.
HTC and AT&T have finally announced there first ever Honeycomb based tablet, the AT&T Jetstream. The taiwanese company’s first ever Honeycomb tablet is different from the other run-of-the-mill Android Honeycomb tablets out there.
Unlike other Honeycomb tablets powered by a Tegra 2 SoC, a blazing fast 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm powers the Jetstream. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. Also, unlike most other Honeycomb tablets out there, the Jetstream will feature HTC’s popular custom UI skin, Sense UI, which will be optimized for tablet. The Jetstream will also feature HTC’s useful Scribe feature, which first made its appearance on the Flyer.
The Jetstream packs the standard connectivity features for a tablet including Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network, and most importantly its upcoming 4G LTE network.
At the back of the tablet is an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3MP camera in the front for video calling. The device is also capable of recording and playing back full HD videos.
AT&T’s Jetstream will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb on-board, and will hit the retail stores on September 4. The disappointing part about the tablet is its price. The Jetstream will cost a wallet-busting $699.99 with a two-year contract. This probably makes the Jetstream the costliest Android tablet at the moment!
It is a well known fact that all the Android skins from Android handset manufacturers are just slow, look kiddish and downright ugly. The only exception to this would be HTC’ Sense UI. The Taiwanese company’s Sense UI has been popular right from its WinMo days, when it was known as the TouchFLO 3D. Sense UI is the only Android skin from a manufacturer, which makes the whole OS look pleasing and much more user-friendly.
Recently, with the HTC Sensation and the EVO 3D, the company unveiled the latest version of Sense UI (v3), which includes nifty lock screen widgets and shortcuts, along with an updated 3D launcher and animations. Now, it looks like HTC is again all set to give its Sense UI an update, with the launch of its upcoming Android handsets (Vigor and Bliss, in all probability).
The folks over at XDA.cn have got their hands on a 5min+ video, which showcases the upcoming version of the Sense UI on an unreleased HTC handset.The new version of Sense will not bring any major UI overhaul, but will bring some new animations and will also enlarge some UI elements. The lock screen has also been tweaked with new animations and features.
Below is the video of HTC Sense 3.5 in action on an HTC handset -:
Hopefully, this new version of Sense will also be faster and smoother compared to the current version of Sense UI. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the HTC Sensation, but still feels sluggish sometimes thanks to the Sense UI. I am also pretty sure that most HTC Android handset users will also like an option to turn off the Sense UI.