Last week, we asked our readers about which flagship smartphone they liked more
: the trend-smashing, beautifully designed HTC One with its 4MP “UltraPixel” camera, or the more flexible Galaxy S4 with its microSD card support, removable battery and more interesting software features. The HTC One came first with 564 votes, but only very slightly – as the GS4 was right behind it with 486 (46%) votes.
Our previous poll was more or less focused on the hardware aspect of these phones. In today’s Ask The Readers feature, we discuss the custom skins running on top of them – HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz. Read More
Running Sense 5 UI
on the HTC Droid DNA
is something not many users would've been expecting, or at least not this quickly. Having been ported from HTC One, this Sense 5 ROM is proof that third-party development for the DROID DNA has started to pick up pace. Sense 5 made its debut with the HTC ONE and offers a fresh redesigned interface to the UI that most HTC users are familiar with. A fancy but slightly complicated app drawer, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe are some of the key new features of Sense 5, with a focus on minimalism and content this time rather than on heavy graphics - a design philosophy pioneered by Metro design language of Windows Phone OS. The port comes in from XDA Recognized Developer newtoroot in the form of a functional ROM. Installing it on your DROID DNA is a breeze, especially if the bootloader of your device is already unlocked. If not, don't fret as I will walk you through the procedure step-by-step to get this Sense 5 based ROM up and running on your DROID DNA! Read More
While iOS can boast of being uncomplicated and almost lag-free, Android’s biggest strength lies in customization and cosmetic diversity. Android has several OEMs, each with its own visually unique version of the OS. While all OEMs put some signature UI elements in their firmware, HTC leads the pack in terms of uniqueness with the Sense UI. The ring-styled lock screen that was introduced in Sense 3.0 has grown so popular that it has been used in countless custom ROMs, and replicated by more than a few lock screen replacement apps. Now, you can enjoy the HTC Sense lock screen on iOS as well, that is, if you're jailbroken. ICSLock Pro
is a Cydia app that replaces the default lock screen slider with the Sense unlock ring and four user-defined lock screen app shortcuts.
HTC Hero is a legacy Android device that came packaged with 600 MHz Arm Processor with ancient Android Cupcake on board. However the phone was able to gain immense popularity at that time and we can easily say that Android development entered its renaissance period with extensive experiments on HTC Hero. Even today there are scores of Android fans who have this phone and apart from this, the phone still boasts of an undeterred developer support at various Android portals and forums. Recently HTC Sense 3.5 was extracted by some Android hackers from certain leaked RUUs of HTC Runnymede and Bliss. This new version of Sense from HTC is basically a revamped, thoroughly optimized and more stable Sense 3.0.
Finally there is some great news for HTC myTouch 4G users as Sense 3.5 integrated custom ROM is now available. BeatMod BlissSense ROM, based on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HCT Sense UI has been recently released on XDA forums by ZFr3eak and sbryan12144. The ROM comes with some great speed tweaks along with Ext-4 support and is the only Bliss port for myTouch 4G that is truly ad-free. Apart from this, the ROM is fully zip aligned, pre-rooted with scores of crap-ware removed to optimize user experience. Read More
HTC Sense 3.5, extracted from ROM dump of HTC Bliss Android phone, is perhaps the hottest UI available for HTC devices. There are numerous people looking to port HTC Sense 3.5 on their devices and ROM developers are readily cooking their custom firmware with HTC Sense 3.5 integrated. Recently the Sense 3.5 UI ROM made it to HTC HD2 in shape of a Gingerbread ROM but like all initial ports, the camera wasn’t working as expected. The main issue was a jittery video recording and blurred still captures after flashing / installing a custom ROM with Sense 3.5. Read More
As of this writing, there aren’t a lot of Android devices that support HTC Sense 3.0 or have stable ports of (or custom ROMs based on) the firmware. If you’re one of the many Android users who appreciate selective elements of the Sense 3.0 UI, then try Agile Lock
on for size. The lockscreen replacement app is an impressive replica of the Sense 3.0 lockscreen. In fact, it's arguably the best one around. Agile Lock doesn’t just look like the Sense 3.0 lockscreen, it feels like it too. And purchasing the full version from the Android Market unlocks the app’s settings menu and the many customizable options that it contains. The developer seems to have a knack for creating replica lockscreens. Just recently, we covered a honeycomb lockscreen replica named Ripple Lock
by the same developer.
The Inspire 4G has finally received a fully functioning Gingerbread ROM running the latest Sense 3.0, which has been all the rage right for the fans of Sense based ROMs ever since its release. Now you can finally play around with it on your Inspire 4G! More on the ROM and how to install it after the jump.
HTC Sense 3.0 can now grace the screens of your Desire Z / T-Mobile G2 thanks to XDA-Developers forum members rmk40
, eViL D:
The ROM named Virtuous Fusion
sports Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread along with the much talked and hyped about, HTC Sense 3.0. More on this ROM and how to install it after the jump!
Being Google's official Android developers phone, the Nexus S has run the likes of the beautiful MIUI and the swift and sleek CyanogenMod ROMs. What it had been missing out on all this time, was HTC’s Sense UI which is loved by many. If you own a Nexus S, XDA-Developers forum member apreichner
has just released the only Sense-based ROM available for the Nexus S and it is one fine release! More on this brilliant ROM and how to install it after the jump.
The HTC Desire S ROM based on Gingerbread 2.3.3 with HTC Sense 2.1 has been ported to the Desire Z / T-Mobile G2. Developers are working hard and fast and this is the third port so far we have covered regarding the Desire S ROM, so if you’re a Desire Z / G2 owner, you now have a shot at trying out the latest version of Android’s Gingerbread and HTC’s Sense UI on your device thanks to XDA-Developers forum member siulmagic
. For more on this ROM and how to install it on your device, read on!
If you own an HTC Desire Z / T-Mobile G2 and wishing to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, you have one of the best custom Gingerbread ROMs available in CyanogenMod 7 but that is a bittersweet deal for HTC fans who love the Sense UI in HTC devices as CyanogenMod doesn't include HTC Sense. Well, those fans are in luck, as a Gingerbread ROM by the name of SenseGinger
has been released by Team Villain
that has the HTC Sense interface. For more on this ROM and how to install it, read on!
Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1 is finally here for your Desire. Folks over at XDA-Developers have managed to port the ROM that ships with the Desire S onto the older Desire. The ROM, still in a developmental stage, named RCMix HD Gingerbread
, is far from perfect right now. However, we know you want to try it out, so read on for the installation instructions!
A new home app for Android has made it’s way into the marketplace. The app called HeLauncher
is an attempt by the developer to keep things simple and productive. Device manufacturers tend to customize the home app for their devices to give a different feel to the user while standing out from the competition. HeLauncher is an attempt to throw that notion by the manufacturers right out the window by bringing together the proprietary home apps from various manufactures under one roof for you to choose the preferred one on the go. However there are a few other custom docks for you to choose as well. If you want change, read on!
Leaf ROM is an HTC Sense ROM for the HTC Wildfire based on the stock Android 2.2.1 FroYo ROM with some of the stock features removed and a few additional ones added. If you want to install a fresh Android ROM on your Wildfire, read on for more details, download link and installation instructions. Read More
Just after featuring the beautiful and feature-rich Myn’s WarmBlood Android 2.2 FroYo ROM for the HTC EVO 4G, we stumbled across the stunning WarmBlood red HTC Sense theme for the ROM so if you have grabbed the ROM from here or have already been using it and want to give it a warm, blood-themed makeover, read on for details on the theme, download link and installation instructions. Read More
Myn’s Warm TwoPointTwo is an HTC Sense based Android ROM for the HTC EVO 4G with a stunning themed interface, loads of extra goodies and several performance tweaks. If you are an HTC EVO 4G user who is tired of the default interface and stock features and wants to upgrade to a more feature rich Android 2.2 FroYo ROM, read on for details, download link and installation instructions. Read More
is an Android theme for HTC Sense based on the famous Gloss Carbon Fiber HD theme for the HTC Desire HD and this immensely popular theme has recently been ported to the HTC MyTouch 4G, bringing it to yet another popular Android device. From the looks of it, it's as good as an HTC Sense theme gets while not parting drastically from the stock Sense UI. For more information, download link and installation instructions, read on.
When it comes to custom Android ROMs, most HTC device users have to sacrifice the HTC Sense UI because of the difficulty involved in porting it to custom ROMs. However, there are a few ROMs available with the Sense UI intact and further customizations added. xDROID HD Lite is one such ROM for the HTC Droid Incredible, that includes a transparent Sense UI. More details, download link and installation instructions after the jump.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Pictured here is an AT&T Captivate and a T-Mobile Vibrant running Android with – you guessed it right – HTC Sense! If you are using any Samsung Galaxy S series phone, you too can try out the Sense experience on your device right away. It is an experimental build intended for developers and a lot of features not working, but it serves as an example of how the Sense UI can be ported to other devices. Continue after the jump to find what’s working and what’s not, and how to get it.