HTC Sense 3.0 won’t fully come to older Android phones

HTC Sense 3.0 not coming to older devices
HTC Sense 3.0 not coming to older devices

When we were playing around with the HTC Sensation, we were impressed with the Sense 3.0 because it was beautiful and made navigating Android 2.3 a breeze. Unfortunately, it looks like not all of the features of HTC Sense 3.0 will be coming to older HTC Android phones.

In particular, the HTC Sense 3.0 UI features a lot of spinning 3D carousel elements that are flashy but fast. These actually make selecting your items a more visually-pleasing experience.

If you were hoping to get this on your EVO 4G, it looks like this will only land on the modern devices like the Flyer tablet, EVO 3D and the HTC Sensation.

In response to a person’s asking if Sense 3.0 UI will come to older devices, HTC said on Twitter, ” … due to Sense’s hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it.”

It later clarified that this means older hardware won’t get all the features of HTC Sense 3.0 UI but these devices will be getting some of the new tricks.

“Clarification: aspects of the latest HTC Sense won’t work on some previous devices. We are working to incorporate other aspects that will,” HTC said in an official tweet.

At first I thought this was a dual-core issue but then I remembered that the HTC Flyer or EVO View is only rocking a single-core processor and will be getting the new version. The Thunderbolt doesn’t appear to be getting it either, even though it rocks a powerful single-core processor.

I guess the main culprit has the be the GPU, as these new devices have the latest version of the Adreno lineup and this is capable of some high-performance graphics. As long as HTC brings the core features of HTC Sense 3.0 to the older versions, I suppose it’s not too much of a hassle.

What do you think, friends?

  • Buzzmadman

    Who cares you can have as good as sense 3.0 if its eye candy you want with spb shell and you can have it NOW! !

  • Trharrison

    I actually read on XDA earlier today from some devs playing with the leaked sense 3.0 that the rom with 3.0 added was about 500mb from the 260ish they usually are. It could be just an internal storage issue.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, shouldn’t the thunderbolt actually get sense 3.0? maybe not the capacitive buttons turning but it should get sense 3.0 fully because it has the adreno 205 gpu, and the second gen 1ghz that the htc view uses….as well as 8 gigs of onboard memory for sense to use….so it should? be capable of running it just fine.

  • Ler56er

    Hopefully, HTC releases an update that allows relatively new HTC phones, like the Thunderbolt, to get the new Sense 3.0 lock screen, as that’s what many many many people want most of all from the new Sense 3.0 UI, and maybe some new weather animations?(: gosh I hope they listen to what the public really wants, rather then just throwing out whatever they feel will suffice. It would e ridiculous to leave Thunderbolt and Incredible 2 owners left in the dark.

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