HTC’s Sense UI is one of the most popular UIs out there, and for good reason. Sense 5’s launcher is pretty cool, and if you want to try it out on your own non-Sense 5 device, you now can, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer doga.ozkaraca’s new app, DO Launcher. The launcher supports basic BlinkFeed-like functionality, which shows the most important news from RSS feeds like CNN Top, Yahoo, CNET, 5 diffrent themes, and a nifty weather widget.
DO launcher is still in very early stages of development, and many features may not even work, but if you love Sense 5, definitely check out XDA for more information. You can also find a Play Store link past the break.
Play Store Download Link
HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management tweeted some good news for owners of the AT&T HTC One X this evening. He indicated that “technical approval” had been received for the release of Sense 5 with the Android 4.2.2 update for the device. The update to Android 4.2.2 will be the end of the line for Android updates on the device, but users will at least get to experience some of the features of Sense 5 like Blinkfeed and Video Highlights to go with the new user interface.
According to Versi, the updates are targeted to rollout as an over-the-air update starting on Wednesday, January 29th. Are you still rocking an HTC One X and looking forward to this update?
Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.
HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.
HTC’s president for their HTC America division, Jason McKenzie, took to Twitter over the weekend and announced the company is preparing an update to the HTC EVO 4G LTE that will take it up to Android 4.3 and Sense 5. The EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, so it is interesting to see HTC reaching that far back to make sure an update is available. The EVO 4G LTE already runs Android 4.1 and has Sense 4 running on top of that. According to McKenzie’s post, the update is supposed to roll out before the end of the year.
Those watching McKenzie’s Twitter account noted that he was quite busy over the weekend interacting with other posters. Trying to improve the dialogue with customers and showing a commitment to support for older devices may be part of HTC’s strategy to right the sinking ship.
While we heard last month that Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2 or 4.3 would indeed be coming to the DROID DNA, we’re going to have to keep waiting. Verizon finally approved an update for the DROID DNA, but it doesn’t include Sense 5, or a new version of Android. Instead, users will receive a 33MB update to software version 2.07.605.1 710RD, which just adds support for TalkBack.
Source: Verizon Support
HTC started updating the global HTC One to Android 4.2.2 back in July and they followed it up with the One X last month. Since the Verizon Wireless version of the One already has Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5, I figured I would do a quick walkthrough with the changes.
Those of you that never received the Android 4.1.2 update (One X users) might want to check out my walkthrough of Sense 5 since most of the major changes are in that video. The 4.2.2 update is still part of Sense 5 and isn’t drastically different, but there are some notables such as changes to the Zoe file system, more options for Video Highlights, Daydream, and a pull down quick toggle settings menu. Hit the break for the complete video walkthrough.
Owners of last year’s souped up HTC One X, the HTC One X+, should be on the lookout for a new update wanting to install on their devices to bring their Android version up to 4.2.2. Along with the upgraded Android version, they will also receive HTC’s Sense 5 UI. Along with the Sense 5 UI, HTC includes the BlinkFeed homescreen, the ability to create 30 second clips from gallery images, camera focus lock with a long press, some music player enhancements, and battery improvements.
The update to Android 4.2.2 means owners of the HTC One X+ will get to enjoy features like lockscreen widgets, a quick settings panel, triple-tap magnification, Gesture Mode navigation, and other performance improvements. The update clocks in at 484MB. HTC has started rolling out the update, but it is going in phases, so the notification may not have shown up on your phone yet if you own one of these devices. You can always perform a manual check by going to Settings -> About phone -> Software update or using the HTC Sync Manager on a computer.
Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.
Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.
Those who wanted to take the risk and flash the latest Sense 5 to their HTC Butterfly have had that option for a while, but now HTC is finally officially providing their older phones the latest operating system. The Taiwanese HTC Droid, also known as the HTC Butterfly, can now download Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2. It’s delivered in two packages – one for prep and then one for the actual upgrade.
Earlier, HTC said that some of their features on Sense 5 would be exclusive to the HTC One, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Blinkfeed, as it’s part of the Butterfly update. The update obviously isn’t yet available for the DNA, but the way things are going, don’t be surprised if it is soon.
In a recent piece on Focus Taiwan, Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, said HTC will double production for its recent flagship, the HTC One. Tong also mentioned the company’s older device, the HTC Butterfly, has seen sales rise since the company lowered the price of the device in Asian markets. To help sales further, the Butterfly will soon receive an update to Sense 5.0, as featured on the aforementioned HTC One. The update will include the Sense 5.0 user interface, the BlinkFeed home screen feed and improvements to the camera, among other additions.