Will Current HTC Devices Get Sense 3.0?

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The latest version of the HTC Sense interface for Android, version 3.0, brings some pretty significant changes and will debut on the EVO 3D and the Sensation. Chief among these changes are a new lock screen, new widgets, a new home screen configuration, and many little enhancements to the stock programs you use everyday. If you’re rocking a current generation phone like the Desire HD (Inspire 4G), EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, or even the brand new Incredible S, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll get an upgrade to Sense 3.0. First, a bit of history.

Most of the time (but not always) when HTC issues an Android version software bump, like from Eclair to Froyo, with it comes an upgraded version of the Sense interface. We didn’t see it with the EVO 4G, but we will see it for the Incredible S when that gets a Gingerbread update this year (pushing Sense from version 2.0 to 2.1).

So will current HTC devices get Sense 3.0? We don’t think so…not even the newer devices like the Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire S. The new version of Sense is optimized for a qHD display, and requires a dual-core CPU to allow for the plentiful eye candy and 3D animations. But there is still hope, thanks to sites like XDA. It’s likely that the ROM from Sense 3.0 devices will soon be dumped, paving the way for some development that could leave us with a usable version of Sense 3.0 for most popular devices.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.