Even though the HTC Sensation XL has been available since May 2011, there is still a dedicated community trying to keep the phone as up-to-date as possible. XDA Senior Member S.a.M.e.R_d released a ROM that allows XL users to enjoy the full benefits of Sense 4.1.
Currently, the ROM is on its seventh build, and the change log shows that there has been some rapid development since it first went live in December of last year. Common problems with early ROMs such as front and back facing camera issues seem to be fixed in the latest build, as well as apps that you will only find in an HTC Sense device.
S.a.M.e.R_d has also created a host of modifications that are ready to be installed on builds 6 and 7 of the ROM. Battery mods, Samsung’s lock pattern, Rosie mods and a multitude of fonts are all available. If for some reason you are stuck with V5 or below, there are some modifications ready to be downloaded.
If you have a Sensation XL laying around and wish to try Sense 4.1, this looks to be a great place to start. For more information about the ROM, please visit the original thread.
HTC made a promises to their customers that the One series line up wouldn’t be neglected like their other devices have been. So far, they’ve been keeping up with their word, as the One series devices have gotten plenty of updates and have been promised Jelly Bean. Of course, it’s perfectly normal to remain skeptical.
Until official Jelly Bean release, though, it’s up to developers to keep the firmware fresh. And for Sense phones, it doesn’t get much more fresh than the newest version of HTC Sense. Now, HTC One X users can get their hands on the first custom Sense 4.1 ROM.
The ROM comes from XDA Recognized Developer mike1986.. ARHD doesn’t do much in the way of theming, but it offers a large feature list over the stock offering including:
Removed software (CPU) rendering – full nVidia Tegra 3 (GPU) rendering
Fully optimized and tweaked
ROOT (su + SuperSu Permissions – Thanks to chainfire)
System signatures check enabled for system security and safety
Improved virtual memory management
Enabled GPU UI rendering
Data, cache and system partitions mounting tweaks
Bloatware applications removed
All /system applications updated to latest available
All /data applications updated to latest available
Improved camera performance
Improved CPU governors performance
Most optimal system scheduler
Disabled kernel debugging for better performance
Zipaligned (Improved RAM management)
Zipalign on boot (for user applications on data partition)
init.d scripts (BusyBox run-parts) support
Auto init.d permissions set on boot
sysro/sysrw commands support
Excellent battery life!
Improved EXT4 performance
You can replace HTC boot animation with any custom one (or use ICS default)
4EXT Recovery (Thanks to madmaxx82)
Most up-to-date system files permissions
Adobe Flash Player support for Ice Cream Sandwich
Support almost 24h a day
For more info, check out the original thread.