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New Set of HTC Sense 5 Screenshots Emerge

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After seeing the picture of Sense 5.0 up and running on a DROID DNA, XDA member mdeejay brought up the fact that the phone is actually running a ported build from a Sprint M7 which has the new Sense on it. He claims to have it working nicely, but can’t release it at this time. Thankfully, he was able to at least share some screenshots from it, so that we can see some of the changes in store in this latest version of HTC’s Sense

First, you can see the new lock screen which appears to have finally ditched that obnoxious ring-unlock mechanism. We’re also getting a much less cluttered and minimal clock and icon set, but we have seen those before. On one of his home screens, he has a number of apps laid out, along with the arrangement for folder icons. We are definitely seeing new icons across the board for mail, calendar, people, gallery, etc. There is a view of the in-call menu, which also appears to be simplified.

Down below, you have a somewhat back-end look for settings. It looks re-themed, but that’s about all there is to say.

If you want to keep up with a potential ROM release of this new Sense from mdeejay, I suggest you stay close to the XDA thread below.

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Via:  XDA

  • RaptorOO7

    Honestly Sense has become a bloated UI and needs to be cleaned up, improved or dropped. I don’t see how HTC stays alive given their complete failure to update any 2011 or 2012 phones as PROMISED, until they retracted that promise. No thanks HTC.

  • benign

    I enjoy all of the new stuff up there except for the taskbar, needs to be blue. Other than that I enjoy the modern look, still love jellybean but a fresh face never hurt nobody

  • Tech Pro

    HTC is going backward. This looks like work of teenagers in the name of speed to sacrifice beauty like AOSP or TW. Original Android UI is just sad. Sense 4 is more beautiful.

    • Chris

      100% agree execept when you said Original Android UI is sad. I love stock ICS and JB, but I prefer Sense 4 more. I really think these “Sense 5” screenshots are fake. If they aren’t, then I’m not gonna like Sense anymore it seems.

  • Nathan Corachea

    someones gonna need to make an icon pack for a bunch of apps to match the new icon look then.

  • Dorian Brooks

    Sweet baby Tebow!!! Who’s idea was it to bring back the GB Notification Bar, Settings included?

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Sorry, still looks ugly to me. And that’s coming from someone who puts up with Motorola’s stupid labeling of the apps in the launcher.

  • I hear the HTC death rattle….

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmmm. Better than before for sure. Not enough to sway me from stock (or in my case CM10.1) If it’s less of a handicap than Sense4.0 I’ll be happy.

  • disastrousrainbow

    I like this. It has influences of Nova Launcher theme packs like Lustre, which I’m all for. I’ve loved stock for a while now, but that’s starting to get pretty boring.

  • asianrage

    I like it Sense much better now. More subdue and less graphic vomit. Let’s hope that there’s more to like.

  • mustbepbs

    HTC, Gingerbreadin’ it up since 2011.

  • Trevor

    That guy has got to do something about his notification bar!

  • Tyler Casilio

    Why are they making it look so bad!? Why don’t they just improve what the already have! Sense 4+ is not bad at all, just a few things.

  • schoat333

    Still too much. They need to dial it back at least as far as blur did.

  • Sirx

    Usually, I’m not that artistic/into it to really tell when one launcher looks good and/or bad compared to another/stock/etc, but Jesus H.W. Christ, those icons are ugly! That call screen, especially when compared to what Google does with stock Android, is ugly, boring, and has no reason to exist. Look at these photos has made me angry!

  • Dr_Buttballs

    “No sense makes sense.” – Phil Anselmo

    • Never thought I’d see a quote from Mr. Anselmo in reference to Android.

      • Dr_Buttballs

        Would you say it’s UPLIFTing to see?

  • I really like the matte icons, personally. Anxious to see someone package them up as an icon set for Nova.

  • I think Sense takes a bit of underserved criticism.

    Historically, Android has been fugly. Pre-ICS, stock Android was just ugly, all around.

    Without the innovation of companies like HTC, does Google have the motivation to make stock Android as pretty as it is now? I’m not sure. Even if you don’t like the way Sense looks, it seems to me that everyone can admit that HTC has moved the needle around innovation as far as UI is concerned.

    • Tyler Casilio

      Yeah I agree

    • Trueblue711

      Agreed. Sense was actually part of the reason many preferred HTC phones over similar offerings.
      And personally, I like the art direction of these screenshots. I wouldn’t say I’d want it to replace Holo, but it’s nice to see alternatives.

  • kixofmyg0t


  • It looks…slightly less like TouchFlo.
    Nice try guys, let go of the WinMo crap already HTC, it’s dead. Why won’t they leave it that way, geez. I remember when I thought HTC was the business and TouchFlo was the coolest thing ever. I also remember at the time, my Omnia had a start menu like a desktop and was almost unusable without the stylus…or a cokers pinky nail. M2D was a lifesaver then. Don’t get me wrong, I think HTC’s devices themselves are great. They get my vote for best build quality any day, but they really need to freshen up underneath.
    Like a hot Vegas hooker that hasn’t bathed in weeks… Great to look at but turn it on and no one wants to use it.

  • Steve Benson

    Jesus HTC, pull your head out of your ass. Your “differentiation” is not a good thing.

  • zepfloyd

    It’s not perfect, but it’s largely a big step in the right direction though. It loses all the gimmicky Gingerbread stuff and feels like a modern derivative of Jellybean to me.

  • Danny Herran

    They are still messing too much with the stock Android experience. Some people love Sense to death though.

    • Symbiotx

      Honestly, I like sense a lot. I think it should be optional to use really, but I’d prefer to use it rather than stock.

  • I_Am_Roy_Halladay

    Does it bother anyone else that they wont change from the green theme to blue. All other companies have switched to blue ever since ICS..

    • DanWazz

      This is my biggest beef with Sense. I associate the green theme with pre-4.0 Android, and when I look at a phone with Sense on it, it looks dated.

      • I_Am_Roy_Halladay

        This is exactly how I look at it too

      • Tyler Casilio

        I associate green with Android because of the little android guy lol But I like the blue better, I’m just saying though

    • Tyler Casilio

      They did change over to blue in Sense 4+ I didn’t know that either until I got the DNA

      • I_Am_Roy_Halladay

        I have a DNA too, the battery symbol is still green and it bothers the hell outta me

        • Tyler Casilio

          Yeah that’s true but everything else, like all the highlights are blue, like in the apps, phone, messaging that’s all blue themed

          • Butters619

            With Sense if you applied one of the themes it was like that too. The shadows were all blue like ICS, but the status bar still looked like GB.

        • zepfloyd

          Samsung’s battery symbol in the status bar is ‘still’ green too…

        • Trueblue711

          Honestly the Android battery icon is useless. I always look at the percentage instead. I think the icon is purposely misleading so it feels like people are not using battery life as quickly as they really are.

      • Justin Winker

        But it doesn’t look like it in the screenshots above – that’s what gets me..

        • Tyler Casilio

          In the pictures up there I have no idea what they have done. It’s….it’s….waaaaaa waa *cough cough* waaaaaaa aaa

    • JetBlue

      Samsung hasn’t either got a green battery bar on my Note 2

      • benign

        Same on my note 10.1 but it doesn’t bother me as much as it does on my Evo3d because of screen real estate.

    • LionStone

      Yes, I’d go for a blue battery… I use JB icons with Nova Prime, but it doesn’t have a blue battery…yet?

  • hkklife

    Just like the general consensus from everyone else…it’s better than the old Sense but it’s still cumbersome, bloated, unwieldy, and a totally unnecessary resource hog in the post-ICS Android world. And with its limited storage and battery capacity, the poor DNA needs all the help it can get. The dialer, contacts app, and unlock screen were the most annoying bits of Sense 4.x to me, so I am glad to see them overhauled.

    • How do you know it’s a resource hog> It’s not even out yet.

      • hkklife

        It’s Sense. I’m sure it’ll be a hog.

  • Daniel Babcock

    Anyone have any idea what the font is called? I think it looks great!

    • pretty sure it is Roboto (stock 4.0+ font) but of the Thin variety.

  • Go away Sense!!!!

  • T4rd

    It’s still garbage =p

  • Damn .. don’t see the search button I’ve come to love on the app drawer of Sense 4+. That and the ability to sort are my fave features of 4+

  • Fugly IMO

  • Bobby Cornwell

    The dialer looks very AOSPish

  • Michael

    I love the new app drawer icon they are using, makes a lot more since than what is currently being used since widgets are also in there.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    cleaner…however still too far from stock android for me to really like it. but definitely an improvement.

  • I’ll take AOSP for 500, Alex.

    • I’ll take AOSP with a few Sense features. Some things are not all the great in pure Android.

      • I have to agree. The days of AOSP/vanilla being king are either numbered or finished depending on who you ask. The main appeal of AOSP is to mod it (from what I gather) so what’s the point? A constant flow of updates? That horse has been shot right in the face by carriers. Meanwhile you have roms like MIUI or Touchwiz just piling on the most nifty of features right out of the box.

        • AOSP or gtfo.

        • Butters619

          Although TouchWiz has some cool features there are a few ways AOSP has a leg up.

          1) AOSP looks better than TouchWiz.
          2) AOSP is more unified. It fits together well and makes sense. TW is still a bit thrown together with pieces glued on. Some things are more confusing or not consistent.

      • Butters619

        AOSP + HTC Camera would be pretty much perfect.

        • Yup. This is the #1 reason why I couldn’t do an AOSP/AOKP ROM on my Rezound. The stock Android camera software is garbage compared to Sense. I couldn’t live without my Sense camera.

          • Butters619

            I currently run CM10 on my One X and I love it, but anytime I am going to be somewhere where I know I’ll be using my camera heavy, I flash back to CleanROM.

            The problem is a lot of the camera’s quality comes from post photo software processing, and that code isn’t open source. I still don’t get why Google hasn’t put the time into making state of the art imaging software.

          • The 4.2 camera is great.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      The Thunderbolt removed HTC as an option for me. How badly that company handled their flagship LTE device makes me want nothing at all to do with them. They could have flying monkeys present the phone and it wouldn’t interest me in the least.

      • Verizon had a little to do with that, too, but I agree as a former TBolt owner.

      • I felt the same way but after picking up a DNA and using it for a week or so I changed my mind…

      • You’re honestly missing out. Things have come a long way since the Blunderbolt. Samsung/Google did a crappy job with the GNex but I’d still consider another Nexus/Samsung phone. Moto can’t build a camera to save their ass but I’d still consider another one if they get it right. These are NOT the same phones anymore.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Verizon was the one that crapped up the GNex with their block on updates. HTC screwed up the blunderbolt so badly I really have zero desire to try another one of their products. I mean, they are STILL promising the ICS upgrade .. they just need to be honest and let people know they are never going to see it.

    • Captain_Doug

      Shut up Trebek!

    • Yeah except the aosp camera app or any in the play store just can’t even touch the sense camera app. Honestly though. Sense 4+ is pretty awesome. I actually really like it. But totally get where ur coming from.

    • droyd4life

      One does not simply take AOSP.

  • Pretty sure I’ll never like Sense. It’s just so ugly to me.