September 4, 2011 10:13am
Android hackers are nothing if not resourceful. Only days after being shown a preview of Sense 3.5, the new version shipping soon on the female-centric HTC Bliss, modders have been able to take an early beta leak and turn it into a working ROM on the Desire HD. This ROM runs Android 2.3.4.
While there are a bunch of issues with the port at the moment, namely a complete lack of Bluetooth support, it is fairly functional and should make for an excellent preview.
Sense 3.5 is an updated version of the 3D-centric 3.0 skin that was released with the Sensation and EVO 3D, on Bell and Rogers respectively, itself a big upgrade from Sense 2.1 that the Desire HD currently uses. HTC came out against releasing Sense 3.0 on its old line of phones, namely the aforementioned DHD as well as the Incredible S and others, claiming its single-core chips couldn’t handle the higher-res graphics and hardware-accelerated UI. But judging from the Sense 3.5 leak, it seems that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
So, Desire HD owners, if you’re a whiz with rooting, flashing and modding, tell us what you see: is it a keeper, or will you stick to your regular old 2D Sense?