Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far. Warning: spoilers...
Sense 5.0 Ported to the HTC Pico (Explorer)
It’s pretty much a proven, scientific fact that the HTC Pico (a.k.a. Explorer) is one heck of a trooper. Its 3.2 inch screen, 600 MHz processor, and 512 MB of RAM have seen more action than the latest and greatest devices out on the market right now. Having marched past Sense 4.0 without batting an eye, having Firefox OS for breakfast, and conquering dual booting, the Pico can now proudly boast Sense 5.0 on the trophy shelf.
Accomplished by XDA Senior Member xaak, Sense 5.0 has been ported from the HTC Desire 500 and 600 to the Pico. With the port, HTC Pico users will now be able to enjoy the many revamped and new features that few legacy devices get to enjoy, such as a slicker user interface and Blinkfeed. Also, a special mention must go to XDA Recognized Developer cute_prince, whose ION kernel serves as the foundation of the port.
As of now, almost everything that’s required for a usable daily driver seems to be working such as WiFi, GPS and mobile data. But since the port is still in its beta phase, not everything is working as expected, namely the camera and video recording. Other bugs include the default music player force closing and that everything is not resized.
So for those interested in the project, be sure to check out the development thread for more details.
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