Friday, 27 January 2012
We finally have word that HTC have Sense 4.0 in the works. I absolutely love HTC Sense as you know if you watched my HTC Desire S videos. I loved HTC Sense 2.1 and for about a week or two now I have been using Sense 3.0 on my Desire S and it is a HUGE improvement and I absolutely LOVE IT!! Unfortunately Sense 4.0 will not come to the Desire S but it should be available for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE and XL. But let's talk about it's features. Unfortunately there are no screenshots of Sense 4.0 so we will just have to use our imaginations and get a sense of what it is like. So one of the new features will be
Improved Lock screen and layout From current reports it seems that the outstanding lock screen on HTC Sense 3.0 has been revamped adding favorite contacts and notifications to the already awesome lock screen. So aswell as launching your camera from the lock screen you can also give your friend or relative etc a call and respond to some texts aswell. It has also been reported that HTC Sense 4.0 devices will not include onscreen keys like the Galaxy Nexus. HOORAAHHH! This means that part of the screen will not be taken up by a bloody great bar at the bottom and that means no wasted screen estate.
Beats Audio support for third party apps and improved email With Sense 4.0 the BeatsAudio sound enhancer seen on the Sensation XE and XL will be enabled so that third party music and video apps will benefit from it.
I know what your thinking: How on earth can HTC improve upon what is an already excellent email application? I have no problems or issues at all with the email application on Sense 3.0 but HTC can give it some colour I guess. The Email app has been given some colour and it looks like the best and most functional email client available for Android. Messages and emails come with a depth of field effect and read/unread messages are highlighted with colours instead of being greyed out. For those using Exchange, there’s a Smart Sync feature that will learn your usage habits and make sure that mail syncs don’t happen during times of the day when your phone is normally inactive. So the email application is already fantastic but adding some extra colour and some HTC'esc will just make it better.
DropBox increased to 50GB, new features for the Browser and new Guest Mode Now I don't use much DropBox but I do intend to in the future but for those of you that are interested DropBox integration is being increased to 50GB and the DropBox folder on the phone will be displayed as if it’s another physical drive on the phone which sounds awesome and will look even better. This sort of reminds me of HTC's photo app where you can pull in all of your photos from facebook and flicker and view them all as if they were on the device.
HTC's browser which is already awesome is now getting a few extra features that are set to come with a pair of bookmarking features Read Later and Watch Later. These sound self-explanatory so I won't cover them, but nothing to fancy on that front. I just hope that HTC will resolve the general issue with tabs on Android where all your tabs keep mysteriously disappearing when you.... well I don't know what it is I am doing. But I really hope that HTC will resolve this issue.
So that was the new feature set for HTC Sense 4.0. We may hear of more in the future and I hope HTC will do this but I doubt it. If they can manage to get a really stable version of Sense 4.0 on older devices like the HTC Desire series then that would be awesome. But I don't see that happening. But hey I can dream can I? So the big question, when will this new version of Sense come to HTC's mobile phones? My guess is they will release a new handset of the year (that has been rumored to include a quad core processor) that will include HTC Sense 4.0 right out of the box. I will watch out of anticipation as I am a big HTC fanboy. I am really excited for this new version of Sense. Sound off in the comments below. Are you guys looking forward to Sense 4.0? What would you like to see HTC bring to the table? I am very interested in your guys opinion.
Looks like China have already come out with a fake PSP. The Chinese clone is called the Yinlips YDPG18. This one is quite interesting though. It does not have dual analogue sticks as you can see in the photo but what it does have is the same 5 inch screen although I doubt it's capacitive and here is the kicker it runs Google Android. 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Going deeper the clone is able to play NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, MAME and N64 roms as well as 3D PSX and Android games. On top of that, the clone also supports Flash 10 games. With the clone running Android, the list may be expanded. Maybe, it will get rooted and a custom ROM will be pushed for it.
People have been asking me which version of Android does the PSVita Rip off come with. Well the website lists Android 2.2/2.3 (that's Froyo/Gingerbread......either upgradable from one to the other, or Yinlips itself isn't sure which it ships with)
For connecting, it has HDMI and Wi-Fi, and inside is a single-core 1.2GHz processor, which isn't going to set the gaming world alight, especially with a mediocre 512MB of RAM. There's also a 5-megapixel rear camera, as well as a front-facer.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Are you still waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive to your device? Well in the meantime why not transform you Windows 7 PC or Laptop to Ice Cream Sandwich. The theme looks awesome and you can sort of get the feel of Ice Cream Sandwich on your Desktop without having to wait until your phone gets the update. Thanks to Lifehacker, all of the components are easily downloadable so you can actually pick and choose the bits you do and don't want.
Android ICS has a new font called Roboto, which you can get from Fontquirrel, another must have for the look. Let us know what you think in the comments below.