HTC Sense 4.0 leaks out: simplified, better typography, top-notch email and Dropbox integration

HTC Sense 4.0 leaks out: simplified, better typography, top-notch email and Dropbox integration
The HTC Sense is probably the one skin that stands out the most on Android - with its huge clock and distinct looks it makes HTC devices instantly recognizable. And now the newest version has leaked out - HTC Sense 4.0 in its non-final version ended up in the hands of PocketNow, who say it will likely arrive on upcoming HTC devices like the HTC Ville and the HTC Edge.

But it’s also one of the heaviest skins for Android - others like Samsung’s TouchWiz and even Motorola’s Motoblur are usually lighter. HTC has also recently added HTC Watch and Listen to its skin, making it seem even more obtrusive in Sense 3.5. 

The new version, 4.0, is a step towards eliminating those problems - less visual junk on the screen and better typography are the measures taken. The new skin will finally support landscape mode and when you flip your phone to that mode, the tabs will appear on the right rather than at the bottom to save space. The old-fashioned bubbly menus will also change to match ICS’s simplistic looks - sliders will be gray and the buttons will come with rounded edges.

Interestingly, HTC won’t comply with the on-screen keys in ICS, and its devices will continue shipping with buttons on them rather than on the display. Instead of the four keys typical until ICS, though, they’d arrive with only three buttons.

Another novely is the task switcher which has turned into a 3D view of cards, deemed not very practical. You’d also get lock screen notifications like on iOS 5, and the lock screen will allow you to pull down the notification shade without unlocking.

Additionally, the mail client has been overhauled to possibly “the best-looking and most functional email client available for Android.” The browser comes with an additional Reader feature and has also been polished.

The new HTC Sense integrates deeper with Dropbox and bundled with the 50GB of free cloud storage available there that’s a good thing. Overall, it seems like the new HTC Sense 4.0 is definitely an exciting new skin on top of Android (for those who like skins, that is). While there are no pictures to prove it just yet, there’s just a month before MWC kicks off in Barcelona, where it should make its official debut so stay tuned.

source: PocketNow



1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

hmm might keep the 3d just for the dropbox

17. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The beta ICS ROMs for the 3D are amazing, and thats without camera/4G/3D and a bunch of other things, and people are still using it as a daily driver. Can't wait for an official version

2. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

"You’d also get lock screen notifications like on iOS 5, and the lock screen will allow you to pull down the notification shade without unlocking."...that made me laugh..iphonearena..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea leave it to all of these phone article websites to compare every single thing to the iPhone. It's just how it is every where.

5. Retro-touch unregistered

Notification tray started out on Android and here we have iPhoneArena saying just like on iOS 5, whereas that feature debuted on iOS 5. These guys should get an award for blatant fanboyism

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Even when sense was the first one to show message and stuff on the lockscreen they will compare it with the iPhone.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i could have sworn the htc i have now had lock screen notification already before ios5 came out???

6. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I believe he was just aquating it with iOS5 because its more familiar to the masses so someone who just stumbled upon this article would get it right away........simmer down dudes. And no im not an iphone fanboy, i have a Galaxy Nexus

18. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

But the people that would be reading articles like this know they're stuff, and now that iOS copied Sense, as show above

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

ill bet anyone on here htc will get sued by apple for being able to pull down notifications while in love screen -_-

8. tahir

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

upcoming update for sensation is going to be with sence 3.6 or sence 4? and is this possible to see sence 4 in sensation?

9. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

In ice cream sandwich, you can pull down the notification shade without unlocking the phone. So sense 4.0 is bringing anything new to the table with that.

16. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Thanks for pointing that out! I had never even tried and sure enough I can pull down the notifications without unlocking

10. MarloThaMartian

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

So this is upgradable from htc sense 3.5? I have the Vivid

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I have the thunderbolt and I must say, if I were closer to my upgrade point, I would probably root and rid myself of sense. I use launcher 7 for my skin even though it doesnt run throughout everything, its still better than sense. Not my style.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

yea same here i have the sensation and from day one i have not used sense.. kills ram like crazy

14. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Sense may eat up ram but it's still very smooth unless your phone is clogged up with processes. I can't wait to be upgraded to ICS.

19. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

ICS beta ROMs for the 3D are magnificent. And I used Windows Launcher 7 before ICS came out, and its the best launcher on the market bar none.

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i actually started back using GO Launcher yesterday. it's pretty hard to beat in my book.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i hope HTC actually does go for a more neutral look. if they do that and use the hell out of those S4s then HTC may come back to being a top dog to me.

21. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Wait... 50 GB for sense 4.0 users? Or a permanent 5GB? Because I just got a Sense 3.5 device and the offer is for 5 GB free, but only for 1 year.

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