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Will Verduzco · Sep 18, 2013

Display Your HTC Pride with These Forum Sigs

Do you consider yourself a die hard HTC fan? If so, we can't blame you. Their latest flagship, the HTC One, has been a great success, combining great build quality, snappy internals, and a remarkable screen. If you're a fan, we wouldn't be surprised if you already have something in your forum signature displaying your patronage to Taiwan's most prominent smartphone manufacturer. However, having more options is never a bad thing. XDA Forum Member Sgt-Obst created and shared a collection of HTC-loving...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 2, 2013

MyHUB Distribution Network for all Sense ROM Developers

As a developer, making sure that your users are running the latest version of your creation is always a challenge. This is then compounded when you're dealing with modifications such as kernels, ROMs, and skins rather than applications that can be set to automatically update through Google Play. In order to help alleviate this, XDA Senior Member mikrosmile created myHUB to serve as a hub for all Sense-based ROM developers. The project originally began as an addition to the DarkSense ROM on the HTC Sensation,...

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Conan Troutman · Jun 11, 2013

HTC First Receives Sense 4 Port

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...

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rstanford · Mar 17, 2013

First Sense 4.1 ROM for HTC Sensation XL

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 19, 2013

5 Myths of Custom OEM Android Skins – AOSP, Sense, TouchWiz – XDA Developer TV

Android version 4.2.2 of Jelly Bean has arrived on the Nexus line up’s door step. That can mean only one thing: It is time to cue the onslaught of mainstream technology journalist statements about the “fragmentation” of Android. They proclaim this fragmentation hurts Android, that non standardized hardware and different OEM customized versions of Android will be the downfall of Google’s mobile operating system. These people have perhaps drank a bit too much iKool-Aid. The different options of Android handsets...

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Conan Troutman · Jan 17, 2013

Wash Your Widget Woes Away with Sense Widget Scanner

HTC Sense is undoubtedly one of the most popular proprietary OEM Android skins. This is partly because of the rather slick looking widgets that are available to use on your device's home screens. Unfortunately though, as with any other kind of custom UI, you might often find yourself having to manually replace all your widgets and or shortcuts. While some third party launchers are capable of backing up widget placement, this doesn't really help HTC Sense users. Cue XDA Recognized...

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David Watt · Nov 8, 2012

Development Galore on the HTC Explorer

The HTC Explorer was never one of the most popular smartphones to grace the pages of XDA. The Explorer is a low end device that was released in late 2011. With only a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB RAM, it was never  going to grab any headlines. This is what makes the recent high level of development activity on the device all the more impressive. First up, XDA Senior Member oblikas brings us TWRP. The popular touchscreen driven recovery system allows you to do...

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egzthunder1 · Oct 29, 2012

Enable 3D Pics in Stock Gallery for Sense 4+ on EVO 3D

Recently, we have seen lots of cool projects being born on the HTC EVO 3D, which is for the most part a device that is slowly fading into the shadow of its younger, slimmer, and more powerful brethren. But as it is customary on XDA, this is not going to stop devs from continuing with work on devices with such unique features (fully functional 3D camera and display). The only problem is that as new updates become available from our...

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David Watt · Oct 29, 2012

Sense 4 Ported to Sony Xperia Devices

HTC Sense is one of those things you either love or loathe. Much more than just another launcher, Sense is a complete framework replacement, with so much of the Android system being integrated into Sense. Some people like Sense so much that they spend a significant amount of time and effort in porting it to other non-HTC devices. Enter XDA Recognized Developer Zackconsole, who has managed to port HTC Sense 4.0 to not only one device, but a number of Sony Xperia devices. Before...

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FallenWriter · Sep 26, 2012

Sense Bootscreen Changer: Where Function and Aesthetics Meet

For Android users rocking an AOSP-based ROM like CyanogenMod, changing their device's bootscreen is a snap. However, for users of HTC Sense-based ROMs, the process is a bit more complicated. Unlike AOSP where users have applications able to load everything for them, Sense users have had to manually change the files in the system directory. That is, until now. Thanks to XDA Forum Member vsaravind007's latest application, Sense Bootscreen Changer, users of Sense-based ROM's can now change their bootscreens on...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 12, 2012

First Custom Skin Surfaces for HTC Sense 4 Devices

Do you have an HTC device running Sense 4 and find yourself unhappy with the range of themes supplied by HTC? Want to install a custom skin on your device while sticking with Sense 4, without having to switch to a different launcher? There is now an option thanks to the first custom skin for Sense 4 devices. Since Sense 3.0, HTC started using its proprietary theming format. It wasn't long before XDA Recognized Developers Flemmard and Diamondback found a way to crack...

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Conan Troutman · Aug 17, 2012

HTC Sense 3.5 Up And Running On The Galaxy Gio

Whether you love it or hate it, HTC Sense has a habit of making an appearance on unexpected devices. The latest to join the club is the Samsung Galaxy Gio. No you didn't misread that, I said Galaxy Gio. XDA Senior Member voetbalremco is the person behind this. As you may expect, there are bugs so don't go trying to use this as your daily driver just yet. While issues with RIL and SD Card detection have been fixed, there are...

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Former Writer · Aug 13, 2012

First Modified Sense 4.1 ROM for the HTC One X

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...

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egzthunder1 · Aug 4, 2012

EVO 3D Finally Gets Official ICS Update – Unimpressed is the Word of the Day

So after months and months of waiting, kicking, and screaming from the user base, Sprint has finally decided to provide their EVO 3D customers with a brand spanking new base to play around with. The new official Sprint ROM (base number 2.89.651.2) has been fitted with ICS 4.0.3, Sense 3.6 (as promised), a new radio, HBOOT 1.58, and some new bits and pieces of firmware. As always, this is loaded (and I do mean loaded) with Sprint's usual bloatware such...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 25, 2012

Difficulties Decoding M10 Images in Recent Sense Versions

Themers working with HTC Sense ROMs currently face a major problem. They are unable to modify most images used by Sense 3.5 and beyond because of HTC's method of storing images inside proprietary m10 files. Unfortunately, the images are not stored as JPG or PNG. Instead, they are encoded with an unknown algorithm. Previously, M10Tools by XDA Recognized Developers Flemmard and Diamondback would be used to decode these images. However, with the release of Sense 3.5, this no longer was an option, as HTC...

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egzthunder1 · May 22, 2012

HTC Amaze 4G Gets the Gift of Sense 4

Looks like Sense 4.0 keeps going down the 2011 line of devices, filling these devices with new life and a sense of continuity thanks to the wonderful work of some of our developers. The latest case took place earlier on Sunday as XDA Recognized Developer sportsstar89 and his colleagues at Team Nightmare felt confident enough on their work to release it into the wild, granting the Amaze 4G users the option of adding yet another port to their arsenal of ROMs and...

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The-Captain · May 21, 2012

Sense 4.0 Builds Come to Desire & Desire HD

HTC Sense 4.0 seems to be a love-it or hate-it affair for most users. For those who enjoy its take on the Android UI, it is now available for the Desire and Desire HD thanks to a couple of ported ROMs. Both ports are based on Android 4.0.3 and originally come from the HTC One V, which comes preloaded with HTC Sense 4.0. These releases will thus give you the latest Sense experience, if you are so inclined. The port for...

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egzthunder1 · May 17, 2012

And it Keeps Going and Going… Sense 4 ROM Released for HD2

Whenever you think of the Energizer bunny, a few concepts come to mind---cute and funny (for some anyways), durable, and definitely long lasting. I think that if Energizer ever felt the need to replace the bunny with another iconic "toy," it would definitely have to be HTC's greatest phone to date, the HD2. Ever since the original Android ports started hitting the device back in 2010, the HD2 has been a hotbed for development; breaking ground time and time again,...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 27, 2012

Closer to Perfection – One S Port for EVO 3D Gets Major Update

You may recall that not too long ago, we wrote an article about the first ever port of the HTC Endeavor (One S) for the EVO 3D, brought to you courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer TMartin. Well, as it turns out due to some time constraints on his end, the dev could not update the ROM as much as needed and thus, it never really took off from the pre-alpha state. That was until now because thanks to the generous donation...

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pstevep · Apr 17, 2012

Fix Your Compile Errors on Sense 4.0 Framework-res.apk

Have you just rooted your brand new HTC One X? Are you are ready to break in and turn it into the custom beast that you have always dreamed of? Have you gone so far as decompiling your framework-res.apk and altering a few .XMLs? Maybe  you even added a custom toast_frame.9.png? Once you start the recompile process, you are unfortunately met with a host of errors. After taking a breath and resisting the urge to destroy your computer, you try...

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