A look into the future: Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0.3

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It looks like the first device to tout HTC Sense 4.0 won't be an HTC EVO (no surprise there) but a device currently codenamed the HTC Endeavor, which reportedly boasts a quad-core processor, 4.7-inch 720p display, and 1GB of RAM. Whether our next EVO turns out to be even better than this, the news here is that the Endeavor's RUU (ROM Utility Update) was recently released, which means developers can dig through the ROM and start taking a sneak peek at what's to come.

Let's take a look at what the future holds for HTC devices and possibly your next phone or tablet.

Now it may not look like it from the screenshots, but the Endeavor is indeed running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android v4.0.3).

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You may be wondering where all the cool enhancements and UI elements that made you want a Galaxy Nexus are. You don't see them here because  this bad boy is running Sense 4.0. A lot of people may be angry about HTC "bloating down" ICS or blaming HTC for "slowing the phone down with useless crap," but I think that are many users out there who really like Sense and are happy to see the UI evolving and progressing.

For those who hate it, I think HTC is still committed to the whole unlocking bootloaders thing so you'll most likely be able to disable Sense one way or another.

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You'll notice that a lot of the UI is reminiscent of Sense 3.5, which has been around for many months now. But noticeable differences (like the 5 icon dock and thorough landscape integration) are welcome additions to Sense.

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The Endeavor RUU is like a crystal ball that lets us take a look into the future. Over the next few days, G&E will be showing you more goodies from this awesome release.

Also, it should be noted that most devs who've explored the RUU are saying that a port to the HTC Sensation (a close cousin to our beloved HTC EVO 3D) may be damn-near impossible. This does not bode well for those of us with devices not from the future.

Below is a video of another future device, the (less impressive spec-wise) HTC Ville.

 

What do you all think of Sense 4.0 running on top of Ice Cream Sandwich? Excellent progression? Same ol' same ol'? Or a total disaster? Let us know in the comments below.

[HTC Hub | Engadget]
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Sam Sarsten is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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