Whether you love it or loathe it, the HTC First and its Facebook-centric user interface happened. It was only a matter of time, however, before people became tired of being constantly bombarded with vague, asinine status updates and pictures of other people pets/children doing things that pets/children do. While you can always use it as a (close to) stock Android device, some actually favor Sense UI. And since it’s made by HTC, I suppose the obvious choice would be to use Sense on the First. Now you can, thanks to XDA Forum Moderator jmz.
It’s not often that HTC releases a device without their trademark Sense interface. We’ve seen quite a few nonsense devices from them in the past, but a non-sense device is quite unusual and when done right, something to be genuinely excited about. I guess even Sense has to be better than a constant stream of Facebook updates, though.
The port in question here is a Jelly Bean 4.1.2 ROM with Sense 4, and it seems to be very functional. There are a few minor issues, most of them graphical, but nothing that should prevent you from making this your daily driver. Installation is incredibly straightforward, and adding a new lease of life to your First should take absolutely no time at all. Head over to the original thread for more information.
April 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
During the past week, we’ve created several new forums for exciting new mobile devices. Not too long ago, we took a look at the HTC One at its launch event in New York City. We then promptly put it through its paces with a round of benchmarks. After we found it to be a solid performer, we then decided to give it a home in our forum. Now, its US variants can also share in the joy with forums of their own.
Despite opening ourselves up to various cheesy puns based on the device’s name, we also decided to create forums for the HTC First. HTC’s Facebook-friendly device is interesting not only because it is the First device to feature Facebook Home, but also because it ships with a relatively untainted version of Jelly Bean—something we haven’t seen from HTC since the G2. Finally, we’re also adding Nvidia’s new gaming platform, Project Shield. While not quite a phone or a tablet, this Tegra 4- and Jelly Bean-powered device aims to take the mobile gaming market in Q2 2013.
Those looking to get in on the action can do so by visiting the new forums below: