HTC Sense 3.0

HTC has confirmed via its official Twitter account that the new version of HTC Sense that'll be shipping on the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer won't be ported back to any earlier devices. Replying to a question from a Desire HD owner asking whether his phone would get an update to Sense 3.0, HTC said, "due to Sense's hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it."

This will come as a disappointment to some, including posters on our own forums who were hoping to see Sense 3.0 on recent phones like the Thunderbolt, but it's not really much of a surprise. Sense 3.0 is clearly more hardware-intensive than earlier versions, and the devices which will run it out of the box are a step beyond the current crop of HTC phones in terms of performance. Even the slowest Sense 3.0 device, the Flyer tablet, runs at clock speeds 50% higher than those of the Thunderbolt.

Let's also remember that HTC is by no means abandoning its Sense 2.0 (or even 1.0) line-up. Just because the Thunderbolt and Incredible S aren't invited to the Sense 3.0 party, doesn't mean they won't be getting Gingerbread later in the year. [@HTC via Unwired View]

Update - HTC tweeted a little clarification on this. Still pretty vague but looks like they are aiming to bring some of the aspects of Sense 3.0 to previous devices as well.

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Very sad EVO4G owner here. Here's to the boys and girls over at xda proving them wrong.

lamonicaj says:

Yeah, but for a device that was the 1st this & 1st that, we shouldn't have to root our devices just to get a taste of the latest & greatest.


iconicbrand5 says:

It's called killing the old birds to let in the cats. Honestly, that didn't make sense. Seriously, it makes great sense for those of us ready to upgrade to one of the best phones. I'll have my EVO 3D soon. No worries.

chong67 says:

Cant you extra the code and put in your Evo? Like anything else you all have done?

briankurtz79 says:

All I know is my evo runs way better on aosp. Sense is sluggish and ppl wanna put 3.0 on it!? Turn your evo into a hero. Good idea....

nativi says:

Wait Wait isn't the Thunderbolt a newer device??? And, wait isn't the Incredible 2 before new?? Due to it's not even out yet. They better be joking.

mobilityguy says:

"due to Sense's hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it."

In other words, more battery-sucking eye candy that I don't need and can't uninstall?

I sure hope I can install custom ROMs on the Sensation. I think I want this phone, but if it's locked down, it's a non-starter to me for many reasons. Sense is one.

k425 says:

It would be nice for the EVO 4G and all the 2nd half 2010 HTC devices to at least get Sense 2.0. Does anyone know if the Gingerbread 2.3 update will include Sense 2.0 for the EVO?

VDub2174 says:

Not 100% sure how I feel about this. Sadness comes to mind though.

iconicbrand5 says:

smile, there are still women with huge tatas in the world

this solidifies my desire to perm root and flash C7. Sense+T-Mo's UI crap on top of a perfectly good OS ruins perfectly good hardware.

Jjpp23 says:

So what you're trying to say is, you're committed to thinking about starting a formal exploratory committee on installing cm7. ;)

Pl4ub says:

About time they stop supporting older devices like my Desire. I don't wanna keep this phone like forever.
Now just release within a year desire z 2 / g3...

lamonicaj says:

This is very disappointing!!! It's a great day for all the home screen replacement launcher apps & the enhanced email applications out there! :-(

Ddust14 says:

Oooh teh fragments :(

Cubfan says:

Who cares? Launcher Pro for me.

mobilityguy says:

It's my understanding that you can cover Sense up with a launcher replacement, but it's still operating in the background. So you can fix the UI but not the underlying impact on the battery. Is this right or wrong?

uansari1 says:

If you turn off sync on the Sense apps, the impact on battery is negligible.

wctaylor79 says:

No big deal.. the Thunderbolt has the saem tech as the flyer so if not officially put out for the TB, then XDA will get that worked out real quick.. NVM the fact that CM7 is about to go live for the Thunderbolt so no real need for sense then..

skel4877 says:

i think this move by htc is really smart for their business. for those who already root, they can easily get 3.0 on their device by means of xda or something else. but for those who dont root, they must buy a new phone to get 3.0 which in my opinion is pretty stupid.

d1c1ple says:

ok where is the TB update?? If it's the same platform as the flyer should be doable

rippley05 says:

The TB battery is already pitiful and you guys wanna throw sense 3.0 on it?

This news is unfortunate but not unexpected. I'm still waiting on the bootloader before I make a decision.

No big deal to me.

n64kps says:

You mention, "Even the slowest Sense 3.0 device, the Flyer tablet, runs at clock speeds 50% higher than those of the Thunderbolt."

If I'm not mistaken, the Flyer is running a Qualcomm dual core at 1.5GHz where as the EVO 3D and Sensation are dual cores clocked at 1.2GHz.

tailsthecat3 says:

the flyer uses a 1.5GHZ single core cpu

n64kps says:

Wow, I guess I could've done a quick search on that but I had just assumed they'd put a better processor in a tablet than a phone. I guess my (future) EVO 3D will be blazin'!

iconicbrand5 says:


KCMike says:

It's a bit odd I guess but I'm happy with the way Sense runs on my Inspire.

I do also agree with the comments above. The lack of options sometimes with these companies & their upgrades almost begs users to root their devices.


From what I was told at Training/Meeting with our HTC Reps ( I work for Sprint) was that the EVO, EVO Shift and the Thunderbolt all would update to Sense 3.0, and from what I saw on the EVO 3D it looks AMAZING.

I have always been a fan on Sense and now I'm an even bigger fan. So hopefully what my HTC Reps said wasn't all a lie.

iconicbrand5 says:

I like the words coming from your fingers. Proud EVO 4G owner here.