Since the latest version of Android meant considerable changes to OS’ design as well as endless list of new features, bug fixes & other improvements—-the lengthy wait has left us only able to predict about the tweakings HTC will make to its own adaption of Android’s user interface named Sense. Sense 3.6 has is the option for whichever HTC flagships which are lucky enough to be on the upgrade list while Sense 4.0(preview coming soon) is the choice for One lineup. Even though both run Android 4.0, the two builds look drastically different. Lets uncover the mysteries with a preview of Sense 3.6
Both the iteration of the Sense were developed in parallel to each other but both of them stand in total opposition to each other. Sense 4.0 is a lighter & simple while Sense 3.6 is just like the old Sense 3.0
The clock & weather widget, a staple on HTC device dating back to windows Mobile hasn’t gone anywhere in sense 3.6. The dock at the bottom of the screen has been completely changed.The menu button is now placed in the middle surrounded by upto two shortcuts on either side. The shortcuts are completely customizable here. Additionally folders can be used as an option.
HTC keeps the ICS multitasking setup, easily accessible by long pressing the home button. The task killer is also available here
Fortunately, panels can be added & deleted here which was’t possible on sense 3.0 lastly long pressing any panel offers the usual Sense personalisation options.
Notification menu still has dual tab at the bottom with notifications on left & quick settings on right. The quick setting tab offers usual WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode & Mobile Network toggles. The notifications can now be cleared by swipe & also the notification menu can be accessed from lock screen, thanx to the new Android 4.0
The Lockscreen has nothing new to offer here, the same old ring at the bottom along with four customisable shortcuts. HTC has retained the face unlock functionality & the shortcuts are now swappable unlike the sense 3.5
ICS aims to rid any physical or capacitive buttons by adding three virtual ones at the bottom of the display. Obviously it doesn’t goes with previous HTC flagships & thankfully they have blessed its devices keys with exactly the same functionality as before.
Its same old story here as well, you still swipe up & down through the grid instead of left & right. The three tabs(all apps,frequent & downloaded) are still present at the bottom although they are spaced evenly across the width of the screen which really looks better.
Overall its the same thing but there are some minor changes. Four tabs(phone,people,groups,call history) are placed at the bottom. Minor tweakings have been done here to give it an ICS design
Sense 3.6 offers a slight design tweak to HTC’s default browser. Now you can find a dedicated back button on top left. The whole thing resembles the ICS design. A new toggle( view desktop site) has been added here. HTC has knocked out the ring style of navigation menu of the stock ICS which was pretty good. Chrome is indeed available here so you can surely give it a try.
The Sense UI performs better with ICS mix. However the user experience has changed a little, personally even I don’t like some of the new features but still its the best dress up for Android.