Owners of smartphones in HTC’s One range can reportedly look forward to longer battery life and a improved user experience when the new version of the phone-maker’s Sense custom skin is made available.
In response to earlier criticism that Sense had become too fiddly and was impacting on the speed of phones, HTC stripped down its user interface for the most recent 4.0 version. But seemingly not content with that, there are further, imminent changes afoot from the phone-maker.
According to IntoMobile, which is basing its report on a leaked ROM up for grabs at the XDA-Developer Forum, Sense 4.1 removes 3D effects in the launcher and cuts live wallpaper lag, making for more streamlined, speedier handsets all round. So much so, in fact, that the One X on which it was tested scored 5900+ in Quadrant benchmark, which is up from 5100+ on Sense 4.0.
The revamped UI also increases battery life so that the phone can now offer five hours of on screen time instead of three and fixes a glitch that meant that the Wi-Fi network icon showed a weak signal when this was not the case.
HTC is expected to rollout Sense 4.1 to the One X, One S and One V before the year is out.
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