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HTC Sense 3.0 features to come to existing HTC phones

HTC Sense, the clever extra functions that Taiwanese phone giant HTC adds to its Android phones, got a fresh lick of paint when it was revealed alongside the new HTC Sensation.

HTC Sense 3.0 looks set to make the most of the Sensation’s dual-core processor, with some sweet graphical flourishes, a speedier camera response time, and a handy customisable lock screen that allows to to get straight into your email and other functions immediately from the lock-screen.

But not all HTC phones have the cutting-edge technology of the Sensation. Will they still get the Sense 3.0 love?

Tech sites were abuzz with the news that the cool features seen at the HTC Sensation launch event may not make it to their fresh-from-the-shop HTC Desire S.

This could be tracked back to HTC on Twitter, tweeting that: “Due to Sense’s hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it.”

We’ve been in contact with HTC, who’ve told us that although many older HTC phones may be unable to bring the full Sense 3.0 experience, they are working to bring extra functions across to the rest of the HTC range.

This was reiterated on Twitter, where HTC said that “aspects of the latest HTC Sense won’t work on some previous devices. We are working to incorporate other aspects that will.” That’s what they told us!

The HTC Flyer, which we’ve had a brief play with, had an enhanced Sense skin. (Sense 2.5?) The 3D carousel was visible, and the camera also seemed more responsive than previous HTC devices, but that could be the increased power of the tablet. We were unable to confirm whether the enhanced screen-lock shortcuts were available on the Flyer.

We’re waiting to hear more from HTC UK, and will update when we do.


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