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HTC Sense 6.0 apps now available for non-HTC devices

HTC M8 Sense 6.0

HTC recently brought some Sense 6.0 specific apps to the Play Store, so that updating these features on HTC devices becomes easier in the future. However, some handy developers over at the XDA Forums have managed to extract these files and make them work on just about any Android device.

This includes apps like HTC Service Pack, Sense TV, HTC Zoe, HTC Gallery, BlinkFeed Launcher as well as HTC Music. Since this is an unofficial port, a few of them are non-functional at the moment, but that could change in the coming days with newer ports and updates.

At the moment, apps like HTC Music, HTC Zoe and Sense TV appear to be functioning properly while Blinkfeed Launcher and HTC Gallery can be installed but don’t work.

It was recently announced that all these apps will make its way to non-HTC devices officially, so this will merely give you an early preview of things to come. If you’re interested in trying these apps out, head over to the XDA page from the link below and follow the instructions as needed.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: Cult of Android

HTC Desire 500 to hit stores this August

HTC Desire 500

The HTC Desire 500 has been made official in an event in London, UK today. The smartphone, which was unveiled in Taiwan last month, is scheduled to hit Western markets this August. In some markets, the smartphone will offer dual SIM as well as NFC support.

HTC Desire 500
HTC Desire 500

According to HTC, this new smartphone offers to help consumers with multi-tasking needs. It packs a good camera and feeds them with relevant and significant information. In a nutshell, the HTC Desire 500 is said to be a smartphone that boasts of premium features and an affordable price.

HTC Desire 500 Specifications

The HTC Desire 500 comes with Android Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 5 UI, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 4GB of storage capacity, a microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB and 1GB of RAM. It also packs a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a 1800 mAh removable Li-polymer battery. Battery life is estimated to run around 12 to 17 hours for voice calls, or 400 hours in standby mode. Meanwhile, its main camera has an 8 MP image sensor working with a dedicated HTC ImageChip processor. This camera’s features include filters, face recognition, smile recognition, and easy sharing to one’s social networks. On the other hand, its secondary camera has a 1.6 MP image sensor. The HTC Desire is available in two colors: Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue.

HTC Blinkfeed, Video Highlights

The HTC Desire also boasts of having BlinkFeed, a feature that is also found on the HTC One. BlinkFeed collects the most relevant information for the consumer on a single screen. This aggregate of content is taken from social network feeds, as well as news sources like Reuters, The Financial Times, MTV, and ESPN.

Also onboard is Video Highlights, a feature that gathers the photos and videos taken in a single day, and arranges them into a thirty-second video with music. Users can select from six themes to match the mood of each of these Video Highlights.

HTC Desire 500 Price

The official announcement did not mention the price of the HTC Desire 500 when it hits the market. In Taiwan, the smartphone is sold for the steep price of $400 off-contract. Supposedly, this high price encourages consumers to take advantage of the wireless carrier’s subsidized price. It is unknown at this point whether HTC will employ the same strategy outside of its home country.

via phonearena

Images of HTC Sense 5.0 leaked


HTC’s UI layer, the HTC Sense, has always been an attractive feature that is exclusive to HTC phones. The latest version of HTC Sense is going to be the HTC Sense 5.0, and it is the highlighting feature of the upcoming flagship device, the HTC M7. We haven’t had many leaks about the software, but here’s a leaked photograph which claims to be of the dialer and keyboard from Sense 5.0.

Not much is known about Sense 5.0. All we know is that HTC is going to keep it “simple and clean”. As of now, all the HTC’s high end devices, including the One X+, run on HTC Sense 4.0. With HTC Sense 5.0 Android overlay, there will be substantial changes made to the lockscreen, the baked-in HTC apps, and on-screen elements. If the leaked screenshots are to be believed, I can see that many changes haven’t been done to the keyboard and dialer, but then they are just part of the whole UI and I guess HTC has made changes elsewhere on a larger scale.


As far as the HTC M7 device goes, it has been spotted running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and it is expected to be upgraded to the latest version of Android available before the device is launched. The device will most probably be launched at the CES 2013, though it is not expected to go on sale before first quarter of 2013.

In terms of exterior looks, the M7 seems to be heavily inspired by the company’s recent high-end device, the HTC Droid DNA. The device will come with black chassis and screen will have nice beveled edge which adds to up to the overall aesthetics. If reports are to be believed, M7 uses the same materials for construction as the Droid DNA. Taking a look at the specs, the device looks impressive on the paper. It is rumored to be equipped with a 4.7in display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Doing some quick math, that converts to a pixel density value of 468 pixels per inch (ppi), which is approximately 40% higher than the iPhone 5’s so-called Retina display. There’s another rumor which suggests that HTC will be using a new technology called SoLux Display, which offers significant visual improvements over the previous Super LCD2, but the same hasn’t been confirmed yet.

It is likely that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz and will run in conjunction with 2GB of RAM. A 32 gig variant is expected to launch, and there will be no microSD card support for additional storage space. Connectivity wise, the device will be supporting wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n standards and will have a LTE chip. Like the Sony’s flagship, the Xperia Z, even the HTC M7 is expected to come with a 13 megapixels camera on the rear and 2 megapixels camera on the front, and the phone should be able to do 1080p recording very easily. What do you think about HTC M7 and HTC Sense 5.0? Let us know!

Source: PocketNow

International HTC One X Sense 4.1 ROM now Available at XDA


A new version of the Sense UI for the global version of the HTC One X seems to have been leaked over at the XDA forums. The ROM is believed to improve functionality and bring some tweaks to the table. The developers managed to catch hold of the official Sense 4.1 ROM and post it on the forum for the users to try out. This is the official ROM which is awaiting release, so users can’t really go wrong. Among other things, the new ROM supposedly gives the device a Quadrant Benchmark score of above 5,900, which is a major upgrade from Sense 4.0 which garnered a 5,100+ score. The ROM is based on HTC’s Android 4.0.4 update which began rolling out a few days ago. Bear in mind that this applies to the global version of the One X based on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip.

The HTC One X was subject to a lot of flak immediately after its release for poor battery life and a bunch of other factors including the Sense 4.0 UI. There were several complaints of the device being slower and laggy, which was true to a great extent. Shortly after the minor debacle, HTC dropped a bomb by mentioning that there won’t be any battery enhancing updates to the device. However, the company seems to have been hard at work to improve the UI, which in turn could improve the battery life as well.

According to the changelog made available, the new ROM is a substantial upgrade from Sense 4.0. Apart from the massive increase in the benchmark scores, the One X will now feature some new additions. The camera app seems to have been slightly updated with an onscreen button in the app to switch between the primary and the front facing camera. The 3D effects are reported to have been cut down marginally with the animation decreased so as to make things faster than usual. Check out the unofficial changelog below as mentioned by Geeksaber:

Sense 4.1 RUU has been leaked (version number 2.15.401.5) , and after some testing, we found the following fixes:

  1. 1.       Live wallpaper lag has been fixed
  2. 2.       There’s a dedicated button in the Camera app to switch between Front/Backward facing cameras. (earlier you’d have to go into the menu for that.)
  3. 3.       A dedicated button to switch tabs in the browser. (You’d have to go into the menu for that, too)
  4. 4.       Complete removal of all 3D-Effects in the launcher leading to a completely lag-free experience.
  5. 5.       Probably the most important- Rebased on Android 4.0.4
  6. 6.       Added ability to remap the recent apps button/ Long-press recent apps/ Long-press Home as Menu. (yes, it removes the Virtual menu bar) under Settings->Display, Gestures and Buttons
  7. 7.       New, blazing fast kernel. We mean it. It scored a pretty impressive 59oo+ in Quadrant benchmark (compared to 5100+ on Sense 4)
  8. 8.       Wifi-dropping/ Icon showing weak signal Fixes.
  9. 9.       Better Battery life- 5 Hour+ Screen-on time as compared to a measly 3 Hour+ on Sense 4.

You can download the ROM over at XDA with the links provided below. But if you have already downloaded and tried out the new ROM, make sure to drop a line below.

Source: XDA, Geeksaber
Via: Phandroid

HTC One S Arrives At $599 Off Contract

Later on tonight we’re expected Carly Fowlkes to arrive at a T-Mobile party in New York City tonight riding a Bucati with lil Wayne in tow (not really the lil Wayne part). T-Mobile and HTC will introduce the HTC One S and most likely unveil the pricing and availability (rumored for next week).

Meanwhile across the town LG will be introducing a new device as well.

Well the HTC One S has snuck onto the T-Mobile website in all it’s majestic glory. At the moment it’s only showing the cash price of $599 and not the pricing on a new two year agreement.

The page on the T-Mobile website is highlighting the advantages to music and video on the HTC One S. It talks about Google Music, which is integrated with Android 4.0 and Beats Audio which is integrated with HTC Sense 4.0.

One thing to keep in mind with the HTC One S and the HTC One X in the United States is that because the One X doesn’t use the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor over on this side of the pond, it specs really close to the One S.

source: TmoNews

HTC Shutting Down Data Sync For Sense Via Sense.Com April 30th

This is a very important story for the millions of you that are currently using HTC Sense’s to sync your contacts, messages, footprints and call history. HTC has sent out an email this morning to users saying that they are shutting down those servies on April 30, 2012.

HTC says they have something new in the works, however we’re not sure what that possibly could be. It strikes us as an odd move, especially because HTC Sense 4.0 devices are about to ship with the sync available.

HTC gives complete details on how to keep your data in the email that they sent out. The email in it’s entirety is below the break

HTC Begins To Rebound In February

HTC (formerly High Tech Computer Corporation) has been around since 1997. When they first came into existence they were a contract manufacturer producing phones and devices for larger companies and other the other company’s name. For instance, their first devices were Compaq Ipaq’s back in the early part of the 2000s.

HTC skyrocketed into a top tier Android manufacturer starting in 2007 when they private labeled the HTC G1 for Google, MyTouch for T-Mobile and then the Google Nexus One. HTC seemed to produce hit after hit like the Desire, Evo, and Incredible.

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HTC Flyer Gets Android 3.2 Honeycomb

HTC introduced the HTC Flyer 7″ Android tablet at MWC back in February. Then, at CTIA a month later they reintroduced the tablet outfitted for Sprint’s 4G WiMax network dubbed the “HTC Evo View 4G”.  Both versions of the tablet came to market with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a very heavy Sense for tablets UI.

Many people seem to agree that HTC’s Sense UI is the most consumer friendly UI for both phones and tablets. The version of Sense on the Flyer, made the device feel like it was running all on it’s own with Android in the background, similar to the way the Kindle Fire and Nook tablet do.

Well for those of you that were looking for Honeycomb on the Flyer tablet, the wait is over. If you have an HTC Flyer (WiFi) or an HTC Evo View 4G (Sprint) check your settings and download some Honeycomb goodness today.

source: Inquirer

HTC Sensation XL Launching In The UK October 24th

HTC had their big event yesterday in London and announced the HTC Sensation XL. This was the device that was originally rumored as the Runnymede and then as the HTC Bass.

The Sensation XL is sporting a 1.5ghz single core processor, and a huge 4.7 inch  480×800 Super LCD touchscreen.  The camera is a whopper. It’s 8 mega pixels with a wide angle lens, back side illumination, dual LED flash and 720p HD video recording. On the front is a 1.3 mega pixel camera for video chatting on the go.

The phone runs Android 2.3 with Sense 3.5 on top. It also has a special integrated Beats by Dre sound profile and at some point later it will be packaged with Beats Solo headphones.

UK wireless dealer Clove has it going on sale on October 24th in the UK. It looks like it will cost £405. It’s unclear as to whether or not this phone is headed stateside.

source: Unwired

HTC’s Budget “Explorer” Android Device Set For UK Release

Do you remember the HTC Pico that we reported on over the summer? It’s a budget conscious Android device designed by HTC. The device has been renamed as the “HTC Explorer” and it’s sporting the latest in midrange specs.

The HTC Explorer has a 600mhz processor, 512mb of RAM, and a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive touch screen. It will be running the latest version of Android 2.3.5 and the latest version of HTC’s proprietary UI, Sense 3.5.

One of the unique things about the HTC Explorer is that it will come in a variety of colors with three base models and interchangeable back panels.  UK retailer Clove is reporting that this phone will show up on Halloween. Trick or Treat?

source: clove via pocketnow

HTC Flyer Gets Price Reduction To $299 Starting This Weekend

    If you’ve had a hankering to go pick up a 7″, digital pen active, HTC Flyer tablet than now may be the time to do that. Best Buy is reportedly dropping the price of the HTC Flyer, permanently, to $299 starting Saturday.  This is $200 off the original price, and we’re hearing that this is the “new” price.

Although there have been no official figures released, it looks like HTC may not have sold as many HTC Flyer tablets as they wanted.  The HTC Flyer takes advantage of HTC Scribe technology which is a digital pen optimized to work with some of the tablets feature rich applications.  The Scribe is supposed  to give the user a real pen feel when doing things like drawing or taking notes.  The HTC Flyer also makes it a breeze to mark up a webpage with the HTC Scribe and share that page with friends.

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HTC To Unveil Runnymede At London Event Next Week

While most of the mobile world is going to be salivating over the next carnation of the iPhone, HTC is throwing a soiree of their own to release a phone that will trump some of the new iPhones features.

Invites have gone out to both press and the public to an HTC event in London October 6th. Press received the invite in their email boxes while the public was invited via HTC’s UK Facbeook page.

HTC is expected to release the phone that’s been code-named Runnymede. There were rumored reports earlier this month saying the device will be called the HTC Bass while newer reports are suggesting it will be called the HTC Sensation XE. Whatever they call it the event definitely has to do with HTC’s new partnership with Beats by Dre.

The rumored device is supposed to have a 4.7 inch screen 8 megapixel camera and HTC Sense 3.5

Whatever it is we’ll find out the 6th

source: Slashgear

T-Mobile Officiatizes HTC Amaze 4G And Samsung Galaxy S II

Today at GigaOM’s mobilize conference in San Francisco, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Brodman showed off their latest 4G devices, the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Both devices were unveiled during T-Mobile’s Keynote at the conference. The HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II will take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G (HSPA+ 42).  T-Mobile says that both of these devices will browse the internet faster than the average home connection with an average download speed of 8mbps and peak speeds of 20mbps.

The HTC Amaze 4G is said to have the best camera available on any smartphone, even outdoing the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide.  The Amaze 4G features an 8 mega pixel camera capable of shooting true 1080p HD video.  On top of that it has a backside illuminated sensor, zero shutter lag, and a dual LED flash for awesome pictures in low light.

Under the hood the Amaze 4G is packing a 1.5ghz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor. It’s running Android 2.3.4 which means Gtalk with video over 3G, 4G or wifi.  It will run the latest version of HTC Sense on top.

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