The next build of HTC’s Sense user interface for Android, Sense 4.1, has been leaked, this new version (based on Android 4.0.4) brings around some notable changes such as a dedicated button in the Camera app, removal of all 3D-Effects in the launcher & finally some WiFi fixes. Sense 4.0 used to have some issues like a minor lag in the launcher’s transitions but most problems will be fixed along with the minor inconveniences.
The new update should be released to HTC’s “One” series in a matter of months. HTC has not yet commented on the availability of the update nor on the Jelly Bean upgrade but it’s worth to note that the update should probably be released on the HTC One X and might even be featured on HTC’s next flagship device.
The new Sense 4.1 breaks previous Quadrant results which were around the 5100 mark, but with the new update jumps to an impressive 5900, battery life is also said to have been improved.
Sense 4.1 for the One X has been leaked (version number 2.15.401.5) & is available at XDA
Geeksaber has gone a little bit further with a provisional change-log:
- Live wallpaper lag has been fixed
- There’s a dedicated button in the Camera app to switch between Front/Backward facing cameras. (earlier you’d have to go into the menu for that.)
- A dedicated button to switch tabs in the browser. (You’d have to go into the menu for that, too)
- Complete removal of all 3D-Effects in the launcher leading to a completely lag-free experience.
- Probably the most important- Rebased on Android 4.0.4
- Added ability to remap the recent apps button/ Long-press recent apps/ Long-press Home as Menu. (yes, it removes the Virtual menu bar) under Settings->Display, Gestures and Buttons
- New, blazing fast kernel. We mean it. It scored a pretty impressive 59oo+ in Quadrant benchmark (compared to 5100+ on Sense 4)
- Wifi-dropping/ Icon showing weak signal Fixes.
- Better Battery life- 5 Hour+ Screen-on time as compared to a measly 3 Hour+ on Sense 4.