April 14, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The latest version of HTC Sense, with its smooth animations and re-imagined homescreen and launcher, will only be available to the latest HTC Android phones. While people immediately began asking when their HTC EVO 4G or Desire HD will be updated to have those features, the answer seems to be never. At least, not officially.
In response to a customer asking when his Desire HD would get the “rather nice Sense 3.0,” an HTC social media rep on Twitter said that wouldn’t happen because Sense has hardware requirements that only the new line of products meet. That means only the upcoming HTC EVO 3D, Sensation, and Flyer tablet will have Sense UI version 3.0.
HTC put quite a bit of work into Sense, adding a new rotating carousel of adjustable home screen panels, new weather animations, and other interface tweaks that are designed for the more powerful Qualcomm processors in new HTC devices. The EVO 3D and Sensation both have dual-core 1.2 GHz processors while the Flyer has a 1.5 GHz processor. The single-core 1 GHz chips in phones like the EVO aren’t up to snuff to smoothly run the new Sense features in a way that satisfies HTC.
However, that doesn’t mean those phones can’t support the software through hacks and tweaked software. Tens of thousands of rooted phone users are running custom ROM’s that were never meant for their devices. History indicates that people with older phones can still expect to see Sense 3.0 appear at some point, so don’t be surprised if these features pop-up in your favorite ROM in the coming months.
@TomMannington Hi Tom – due to Sense’s hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it