For most manufacturers, the home screen is the most important part of the Android interface. Why? Because, on the home screen, they can easily apply their own branding and style, and, in theory, differentiate their devices from the sea of competing Android products. The need for differentiation is understandable, but unfortunately, for end users, overlays like TouchWiz, Sense, or Motoblur are just sources of slow updates, bloatware, and poor performance.
However, it’s not like the home screen of vanilla Android is a major step forward when compared to the manufacturers’ overlays. All you get in the stock version are apps and notifications, plus the clock widget. For [...]
Love it or hate it, looks like HTC Sense is hell-bent on getting on the Samsung Galaxy S. This newest attempt to port HTC Sense to the Samsung Galaxy S has been made by QuBe2, member of XDA Developers. It’s based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and comes with HTC Sense 2.1. It may be a little old, especially with HTC Sense 4.0 being floated around, but as long as it gets a fully working Sense port, beggars can’t be choosers.
At the time of this writing, the port is still under development and cannot be relied on yet for daily use. Some of its known issues are Bluetooth, both front and back cameras, fastboot, and the camcorder. When pattern lock is enabled, it [...]
If Ice Cream Sandwich alone is irresistibly alluring, how much more if it includes the colorful skin of HTC Sense 3.6. Owners of the HTC Sensation can now enjoy both Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 3.6 through the custom ROM called Extreme Sensation, developed by a member of XDA Developers named thelegendarylegends.
The ROM is based on the leaked RUU version 3.24.401.1 for the HTC Sensation and is reportedly stable enough to be used daily. The developer fully re-edited the said leaked RUU, fully integrated HTC Sense 3.6 into it, and threw in a few extra features such as overscroll glow effect, semitransparent app drawer, battery percentage mod, and a few [...]
Russell Jefferies wrote a review of the new HTC Wildfire for our sister site, MobileBurn.com. The Wildfire is very much like the high-end HTC Desire, except for a downgraded screen, CPU, and price. Here’s an excerpt from the full HTC Wildfire review:
The HTC Wildfire is one of HTC’s latest Android smartphones that is aimed at the social networker who wants an affordable handset. Containing most of the HTC Desire’s high end components, the Wildfire packs an impressive feature set, yet costs around a third less than it’s bigger brother.
HTC has also enhanced the Facebook connectivity of the handset to [...]
In a bit of an unusual move, AT&T outed the new HTC Aria in its own YouTube video before an actual press release was sent out. The Aria is the first HTC Sense-equipped Android smartphone on AT&T.
The phone features a 3.2-inch HVGA res capacitive touchscreen and a 5 megapixel auto focus camera. It’s 1200mAh battery is rated for up to 6 hours of talk time or 15.5 days of standby time on AT&T’s HSDPA 3G network. It measures 104mm x 58.4mm x 11.6mm (4.1in x 2.3in x 0.46in) in size and weighs 107g (3.8oz).
The phone runs Android 2.1, not the recently launched 2.2 Froyo build.
Today HTC and Verizon Wireless officially announced the DROID Incredible, an Android 2.1 slab smartphones with a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pixel AMOLED display.
Not unlike the HTC Desire that was launched at Mobile World Congress, the similarly sized DROID Incredible features an optical joystick controller, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and the full suite of HTC Sense user interface enhancements, including the new Friend Stream system that merges Facebook and Twitter status updates with Flickr photo updates.
The Incredible also features an auto-focus 8 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, touch sensitive controls, [...]
Lots of video to put up today, as the floodgates have once again opened in our review queue over at MobileBurn.com. The first up are Russell Jefferies two videos of the HTC Legend that he received late last week. This beauty of a phone sports a solid aluminum/aluminium body, and optical joystick, and a sweet AMOLED 480×320 pixel touchscreen display. Oh yeah, it also packs the latest version of HTC’s awesome Sense user interface.
The first video is directly below, the second follows after the jump – along with a small selection of photos from Russell’s upcoming review.
This is for anyone who loves the manliness of their Motorola Droid, but has a sensitive side to them which just cries out for HTC’s Sense UI, now you can have your cake and eat it. Well, perhaps not quite right now, but if the work rate of those at AllDroid remains at this level, then we would expect that you can give it a go pretty soon. After the jump you can take a look at a video they have released outlining the general port of HTC’s Sense UI over to the Motorola Droid. It is quite a sight to behold.
Aside from the fact that things seem to be running a little slow on the device at the moment, we are rather [...]
The guys over at Pocketnow discovered a YouTube video that offers a preview of HTC Sense 2.1 running on the HTC Hero. Most of the video is fairly mundane but one notable feature is the support for multitouch. A pinch gesture was used in the video to show off a new homescreen preview which allows you to view all your homescreens as thumbnails and switch to any widgetized homescreen with a single tap. The full video, complete with a modern musical score, is after the break.
OK, Russell just finished up his review of the HTC Tattoo, the low-cost HTC Sense-toting smartphone with a QVGA resolution resistive touchscreen display. I’ve still got to proof and edit the copy, but I can at least offer you the videos right now. Part 1 is below, part 2 is available after the jump.