Now, as catchy as my title may sound, all of us HTC owners can think of a more and to the point, (vulgar) thing to say about the Sense UI. Believe me I wrote a few different tittles that said exactly what I was thinking, but alas, this is still a publication and I must refrain from being vulgar, no matter how called for, it really is.
I’ve had the HTC Evo Shift 4G for about a year and a half now. I really do like the phone. Excellent hardware for what I need, and I’ve never had any major issues with it, that didn’t involve the Sense UI. I’ve had to replace it twice, once when it was stolen, and the second time I droped it and broke the screen. I would like to say that it still functioned like it was brand new. It had a screen protector over the screen when it broke, so I never lost any of the glass pieces, which allowed it to still work for another 3 months, when I could afford to replace it. My beef is in no way with the phone, or its quality, it is a solid piece of hardware, in my opinion. Sense on the other hand is half-crap, half-decent start.If you want to hear more and find out my solution to the Sense UI, continue reading on past the break.
It’s apparently ROM week for Android devices, as we’ve reported on the HTC Evo Shift 4G, CyanogenMod 7 RC2, the Sprint Epic 4G, and now the T-Mobile G2 getting some lovings from HTC Sense ROM which is running Android 2.3! This ROM is called GingerSense and built by TeamVillian, the same team that brought the first G2 Gingerbread goodness with ‘GingerVillian’.
Even though you may be tempted to grab this right away, be warned, as there are still some issues that need to be worked out. The issues are as follows;
- Camcorder hangs when pressing record
- Bluetooth does not work
- HTC Hub fails to log in
- The “card” mail widget does not work
- Landscape mode in Sense is bugged (thanks to HTC for this), I would advice against using this too often
- Question mark doesn’t work on hardware keyboard
So, if you’re feeling adventurous, give it a shot by heading over to VillianROM and let us know how it goes, otherwise, may be good to just wait it out a few days and see if they get some of the issues above tackled before you flash.
A source for amobil.no has sent in what they believe to be the full spec sheet for the HTC Flyer tablet, supposedly due out this March. Some of this may be repetitive, but the numbers do match up well with information that came out at Digitimes a couple days ago about some of the specs for the “Flyer”.
Here are the specs;
- 7inch touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution
- Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM8255 processor
- HDMI Out
- DLNA-enabled for wireless media streaming
- 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and facial recognition
- Android 2.3 (may be Android 3.0 by the time this actually comes out)
- HTC Sensation UI (possibly)
Now we just need to wait for some official pics to get outed for us to drool over.
HTC Director of User Experience Drew Bamford has a recent phone interview with Pocket-Lint.com and had a chance to answer a few questions regarding the possible future of HTC, particularly with its “Sense UI”, as well as HTC’s perception of Android OS and whether Google makes things easier or more difficult for manufacturers.
Drew Bamford is the man most responsible for bringing the HTC Sense UI forward, and making it user friendly. On their success, he highlights that HTC Sense is first about customers needs and wants, then about making that fit into a mobile handset, thus giving the user back what they’ve been asking for, ease of use.