In a world where software tends to get better and faster with each iteration (well, there are some exceptions) Android OS is no stranger to the concept, especially since Jelly Bean poked its cute little head out and promises great things like “Project Butter“. Nevertheless, Ice Cream Sandwich has also worked on increasing speed and all-around performanc, but the result greatly differs from one phone to another, even if they have similar hardware specifications.
The reason behind this is because many manufacturers tend to “blend” the software with their own user interface and what we all came to call “bloatware”. However, HTC appears to have gotten the right idea and contrary to what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S3, the latest One family came out on the market with a toned-down version of HTC Sense, version 4.0.
This latest iteration of HTC Sense was greatly improved when compared to the previous ones. It remained as prettier as ever but managed to cut down on some useless features that basically slowed down everything. Nevertheless, with all these improvements those of you who own the HTC One X might’ve noticed that performance is not really as high as expected, even with the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip inside. Lag is everywhere and animation choppiness in menus occurs more often than not.
Well, if you own a One X then fret not, because word around the campfire is that HTC Sense 4.1 is on its way and it will really fix some of these annoying issues.
HTC One X and Sense 4.1
Apparently a ROM based on HTC Sense 4.1 for the International version of the One X has surfaced on XDA-Developers and by the looks of things it does wonders to the One X. Those who have already gave this ROM a try have reported that with Sense 4.1 the One X was able to score more than 5900 points in Quadrant. That’s roughly 800 points more when compared to HTC Sense 4.
Furthermore, the latest Sense version appears to come with tons of improvements in other areas including:
- Live Wallpaper lag has been fixed
- A dedicated “switch camera to front/back” button is now available in the camera app without having to access other menus
- 3D-Effects in the launcher have been completely removed in order to reduce the lag
- The new Sense 4.1 will be based on 4.0.4 and will feature a blazing fast kernel (hence the increase in Quadrant score)
- Wi-Fi dropping has been fixed
- Battery life has been increased from 3 hours+ screen-on time to 5 hours +
- The ability to remap the “recent apps” button to act as a “legacy menu” button has been added.
And that sums it all up. This particular ROM seems to be pretty awesome and fixes key problems that came along with HTC Sense 4.0 on the One X. We hope to see this particular build hit the waves soon, but until then and if you own the international version, head down to XDA and follow their instructions.
Thanks Phandroid for the heads-up regarding the HTC One X and Sense 4.1.