An Overview and Reviews of the Key Features of the HTC Sensation

The Android operating system has had major developments ever since it was released in 2010. Since then, there are already five different versions of this operating system. Each of these major developments had a different graphical user interface which made navigation and selection of apps easier. As the software was upgraded, the graphical user interface was made more manageable and easier to customize. This does not mean however that the user will have a personally unique interface. The Android OS is greatly limited in terms of its GUI. HTC mobile has resolved this with the release of HTC’s own graphical user interface known as the HTC Sense.

HTC Sense

            The HTC Sense is based on the original 3D design known as the TouchFlo 3D. It is layered on top of the original Android interface meaning that the HTC Sense is the graphical user interface shown instead of the Android’s interface. It was first released and announced in 2009. The first version of HTC Sense featured only a small number of apps which are connected to Facebook and Twitter. There was a significant room for development especially in terms of widgets and screen customizability.

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HTC Sense 2.0

            The dawn of a new generation of smart phones prompted HTC mobile to come up with a better graphical user interface in order to overcome its competitors. The Sense 2.0 released in 2010 was a huge leap in the capabilities of this GUI. Online streams are now accessible using widgets. This was also the first version wherein HTC released a large number of widgets which could be used to customize the homepage. Accounts could be synced with the HTC widgets in order to show dates which have reminders set within them.

HTC Sense 3.0/3.6

            The Sense 3.0 featured a new set of widgets which included services such as movie streaming and global time tracking. The lock screen was also redesigned to have shortcuts to applications. The date and weather widgets were also displayed on the locked screen. This was also the first version to have 3D transition effects when moving through home screens. One of the most recognized widgets, the date and weather widget, was copied by other brands from the Sense 3.0. The Sense 3.6 was an upgrade for the Sense 3.0. It was built for devices which is upgradable or already has the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. It is exactly like the Sense 3.0 but has an upgraded home screen and apps.

HTC Sense 4.0

            The Sense 4.0 is the latest version of the HTC Sense to be released. This graphical user interface is present with the latest HTC phones and most notably with the HTC One X. This version is the fastest and featured significantly lighter widgets. This is achieved by taking the 3D transitions down a notch. A new home screen is also present with the applications being pinned to the dock. Widget placement was also revamped. Widgets would rearrange themselves accordingly to give space to the widget being pinned by the user.

The Future of HTC Sense

            HTC has already announced the upcoming Sense versions known as the Sense 4.1 and Sense 4+. These upgrades are done to further improve the HTC Sense and to remove any possible bugs found with the GUI. These versions are also developed for future generations of the Android OS.

HTC Mobile – Conclusion

            The HTC Sense is only one aspect of the wonders found with HTC’s smart phones. This one aspect, however, has completely set a new standard for GUIs. The HTC Sense has certainly made all of  HTC mobile unique. Adding the fact that their latest smart phones are at par with other brand’s smart phones make it much more alluring to buy their phones.

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