HTC Sense 4.0 is the company’s latest iteration for custom UIs which we first met at MWC, as it was launched on the new One line. It is present on all One-series phone which includes the International One X as well as the AT&T version. Of course, playing with Sense 4.0 for a while, beyond the good looks and deep integration, made us realize that there are a couple of things we’d change with the custom UI but the folks over at XDA Developers are not satisfied with the way HTC implemented multi-tasking.
It’s not necessarily about the webOS-like card look instead of the default Ice Cream Sandwich aspect but it’s rather about the way HTC decided to implement multi-tasking. Long story short: the community thinks HTC is killing apps which then don’t return to their previous states upon re-opening. The Taiwanese manufacturer issued a statement about it: “HTC is aware of some questions in the enthusiast community about how the HTC One X handles multitasking and memory management for background apps. We value the community’s input and are always looking for ways to enhance customers’ experience with our devices. That said, multitasking is operating normally according to our custom memory management specifications which balance core ICS features with a consistent HTC Sense experience“.
As you can read above, HTC is applying its own custom memory management in order to optimize — so they say — the user experience and probably get the best results in terms of battery life possible. This is by no means a problem for most users but if you’re a power-user, tweaker or simply someone who doesn’t applaud HTC’s approach you can root your One X and start tweaking — or wait for a custom ROM to apply.