What to Expect From HTC Sense 4.0: A Hands On Report

Among the many new things that will be unveiled at next months Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC Sense 4.0 is one that you may have forgotten about. If your anything like me, you don’t really care for manufacturers UI overlays, and prefer the vanilla experience as Android intended it. I have always thought the Sense UI was one of the more obtrusive UI’s and I have a fear that Sense 4.0 will ruin the lovely ICS experience that I have fallen in love with. Who knows,  maybe I am worrying too much because the folks over at Pocketnow got a sneak peek at the unfinished product and say it’s a “step in the right direction.” Hopefully they weren’t just being nice.

Although PocketNow was unable to snap any pictures of the Sense 4.0 look, they were able to share some of the featured highlights and improvements. Here is what we can expect:

  • Landscape support for the home screen
  • Bubbly sliders have been replaced with squared buttons
  • Sense buttons now feature descriptive text which accompanies the button icon
  • Lock screen will be able to display task or to-do lists, favorite contacts for quick dialing and direct access to notification bar
  • Updated email client with threaded messages and improved layout
  • Smart Sync technology which syncs your email based on your usage habits
  • Reader feature in browser strips away ads and other useless web clutter
  • Read/Watch Later feature in browser saves content in a widget which can be accessed at a later time (even offline)
  • Guest Mode Scene disables phone functionality and access to personal data
  • Beats Audio profile updated to work with third party applications
  • Full DropBox integration with 50GB of free cloud storage

For those of you who are used to Android 4.0 on the Galaxy Nexus, keep in mind HTC devices will be a little different. According to leaked images of upcoming HTC phones, they have opted to add physical capacitive buttons (Primo excluded) rather than go with on-screen buttons, like Samsung did. One thing I will say, Sense 4.0 will most likely do away with the prominent ICS search bar due to the fact that HTC phones have a permanent search button as seen in the linked images above.

Regardless of button choice, I am still looking forward to seeing some sense 4.0 in action, whether it be in video, pictures, or in person. The closer we get to its unveiling, the more probable leaks become, and leaks make me happy. Lets just hope I get happy sometime soon. If we see or hear anything more, you can rest assured knowing that we will keep you in the loop.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to seeing what HTC has done with Android 4.0, or do you hate it already? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: PocketNow


About the Author: Stacy Bruce

Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.

  • Benditzel

    I am wondering when ICS will arrive for the US EVO3Ds

  • Tonyhedges

    I hope that sense 4.0 uses a light hand. It seems to me that Google has done a good job on ICS, and on the whole done away with the need for a skin over the top.

    What I am interested in seeing is whether the part of ICS that allows you to turn off pre-installed apps is still functional and whether this will allow you to turn off sense 4.0 altogether.
    Somehow I don’t think HTC will be brave enough to offer their customers this choice, but it would be great if they did!

  • Guest

    Oh, we thought you guys *WANTED* us to totally ruin the Android interface.
    We hired a large staff to write code… just to do that.
    We also spent even MORE time and money, forcing you to have it… and you can’t remove it.  (Other than totally rooting your device.)

    (If it was a “great interface” you wouldn’t have to FORCE people to use it.)