HTC keeps making its Sense Android skin better. The most important change version 4.0 introduced was scaling down, relying more on the built-in Ice Cream Sandwich experience. And while we like what the Taiwanese maker managed to accomplish, they’re now going one step forward, preparing to launch an even improved version of the Sense, the one which is said to perform even faster.
There’s a leaked ROM with Sense 4.1 at XDA-Developer forums from where we learn what will be included in the upcoming software release (version number 2.15.401.5), which is based on Android 4.0.4 and which at the moment works on the international version of HTC One X, only. Here’s what you can expect:
- Live wallpaper lag has been fixed.
- There’s a new button in the Camera app for switching between Front and Backward facing cameras.
- New button for switching between the tabs in browser.
- Removal of all 3D effects in the launcher making for a completely lag-free experience.
- Added ability to remap the recent apps button/ Long-press recent apps/ Long-press Home as Menu – which effectively removes the Virtual menu bar.
- The phone is much faster after the update — it scored 5900+ in Quadrant benchmark, which is up from 5100+ on Sense 4.
- WiFi-dropping / icon showing weak signal Fixes.
- Improved battery life – over 5 hours of screen-on time as compared to 3+ hours on Sense 4.
Sounds pretty impressive to me. Check out this page at XDA-Developers to try this out. Good luck!