January 25, 2012 10:01am
The HTC Sensation has been one of the most versatile devices for developers since its release in July 2011. It was also the first HTC device to get a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, and two more since, though all three releases have been running Sense UI.
But one intrepid developer has made it his passion to remove all traces of HTC’s reviled UI from these Android 4.0 leaks. rmk40, a ROM creator with the Virtuous team (who brought custom ROMs to the Desire Z and others) has created Virtuous Inquisition, and it’s one of the cleanest, best-performing ROMs I’ve ever used.
Except for a few purposefully-kept Sense elements, Virtuous Inquisition looks, performs and feels like stock ICS on the Galaxy Nexus, except for the fact that there are dedicated menu buttons. The included kernel also pushes the limits of the CPU, bumping the clock speed up to 1.5Ghz from the stock 1.2Ghz.
There are a couple important notes you have to follow, including flashing a new firmware bundle. You should also have S-Off and (preferably) SuperCID, which is easily achieved with a number of handy guides.
I’ve been using this on my Sensation for a number of weeks, and now that it’s sitting at version 3.0 it’s one of the smoothest Android experiences I’ve ever used. If you own a Sensation and have a proclivity for flashing new ROMs you owe it to yourself to try Virtuous Inquisition.