Parts of HTC Sense 3.0 will make it to older devices after all
The recently-unveiled HTC Sensation, apart from being the company’s flagship Android device for 2011, will also be the first smartphone to run HTC Sense 3.0, the newest version of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s UI overlay. Sense 3.0 brings a lot of new features compared to the Sense 2.1 seen on the HTC Desire S announced back at Mobile World Congress in February. Sense 3.0 also brings a lot of eye-candy, especially in the form of transition and navigation effects.
Asked about whether HTC Sense 3.0 will eventually make it as an update onto devices such as the Desire S (or even older phones like the Desire HD), HTC yesterday shattered some dreams, hopes and expectations by saying that it won’t – apparently that was due to hardware requirements. That seemed like an odd statement at the time. I mean, sure, the eye-candy may just require more hardware oomph than older devices can provide, but there’s absolutely no reason why the new App Drawer, for example, couldn’t make it onto, say the Desire S. That’s a smartphone that is just now starting to hit the market, and one that was just announced two months ago – by no means old, not even in terms of hardware. Sure, it may not have a dual-core processor, but the second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core CPU inside of it is plenty capable. Incidentally, that’s the same processor used in the Desire HD and Incredible S, while the Desire Z uses a slightly pared-down version of the same architecture. All of these smartphones should, at least from a hardware standpoint, be able to get at least the parts of Sense that aren’t graphically intensive without any problems.
And HTC seems to have had the above revelation during the past day. Surely also as a consequence of severe bakclash from people who’ve just bought the newest and greatest HTC devices only to be told they’re pretty much obsolete already, the company has backtracked.
In yet another tweet, it has made things clear: it’s working on porting some aspects of Sense 3.0, those that aren’t that hardware-dependent, to the older devices. You probably still shouldn’t expect the original Desire to get any part of Sense 3.0, if only because HTC has already started selling its successor – the Desire S. However, any high-end HTC smartphone that has been released since the Desire HD (it included) will probably see some form of Sense update in the future – version 2.2 perhaps, that will incorporate some useful aspects that Sense 3.0 has brought to the table.
That can only be good news, even if there are no more details. No details about what exactly will make the jump, or when. I guess patience really is a virtue if you’re an Android device owner these days.