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ROM maker mike1986 has shared screenshots of the upcoming version of Sense 5 that provide an in-depth look at what HTC has been up to. Sense 5 is already an attractive and relatively light UI, and version 5.5 seems to bring in changes that should address some of peoples' largest criticisms. For starters, BlinkFeed is now optional, and turning it on and off is as easy as picking a default home screen.

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It's not all bad news for BlinkFeed fans, though. The news and social media aggregator now has more categories to choose from as well as a custom topics tab.

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The recent update to Android 4.3 introduced Quick Settings to many users, but Sense 5.5 appears to expand on how customizable things are. Users will be able to re-arrange the items in the Quick Settings panel.

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I'm a big fan of the Sense keyboard as it is, so while we don't see many new features revealed in the images below, that isn't that much of a bad thing. In 5.5, users can add more emoticons, a feature you will probably either love or never even notice.

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The improved camera now offers "Panorama+" and "Dual Capture" shots. In addition to that, the recent apps page has been tweaked. The new page still shows off nine apps at a time, but they're slightly larger.

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When will users get to play with this software firsthand? Well, considering that HTC just finished rolling Android 4.3 updates containing Sense 5.0, we are probably in store for quite a wait.

Source: Twitter, Android Revolution HD

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • remister

    I am still waiting for 4.3 on my HTC One on Tmobile....
    But I like how you can disable BlinkFeed!

    • Mike Reid

      BlinkFeed yuck !

      What a waste of my home screen.

      • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

        put a launcher on it and shut up.

  • Adriano Corte Real

    Are those emojis are just the regular sense emoticons?

    • jfn0802

      I hope they are emoji and they are system wide

      • remister

        They look System Wide as they are within the Messaging app, but it could be the new version of Hangouts, which will integrate text messages.

      • mrjayviper

        1 thing I miss on iOS are system-wide emojis

    • jonathan3579

      Those are definitely emoji.

  • Dart

    This looks great. Looking forward to updating my wife's HTC One to this when the time comes.

    Seems like HTC is really listening. Good work.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Hopefully Mike1986 rolls out ARHD 23 with Sense 5.5 soon.

    • Nicolas Leotier

      This guy is my hero.

    • epsiblivion

      it's a shame the One S is no longer supported. it's not That old

  • TY

    Sense 5 is really, the manufacturer skin done right. Even though many things are changed from AOSP, it still follows Android design guidelines to provide a consistent experience. And it's light as well.

  • Asimoalex

    TouchWiz needs to take a look at Sense and start Optimizing and slimming down from that Gingerbread look

    • Brad

      I was thinking the same thing... that's totally usable... vs touchwiz which isn't usable at all...

      • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

        really?

        for the camera, dual mode would be nice but I want to be able to PAUSE while recording video., a necessary feature for me.

        Id like to know WHAT TIME I got a missed call !!! like seriously, WTF
        !! missed calls that don't show you what time the call came in.

        Id like a calendar that SHOWS MY ENTRIES without me having to tap on
        every single one of them to see WTF they are !! and stop with the
        default day view !!!

        Id like to be able to paste a number into the dialer and dial THAT
        number, and not the last number I dialed (I think this one is a result
        of an apple lawsuit)

        Id like custom labels for my contacts that have many phone numbers. listing 6 numbers as OTHER is just FKing dumb.

        NO MORE FACEBOOK PHOTOS in my photo gallery damnit !!

        notification sounds that I CAN ACTUALLY HEAR !!

        SILENT MODE, not vibrate or ring only but pure silence.

        In settings when I tap on STORAGE and see "other" how about letting
        me tap on other to see WTF it is so I can decide what to do with
        it--Samsung does.

        the ability to POWER OFF OR REBOOT without having to unlock !!

        those are the top 10 things I hate about the HTC One. there are more
        but these are the most annoying and the thing I miss about having a
        Samsung.

        • Bud Lutz

          LOL I was going to go through your list and nitpick....proving that you are wrong on most all of your points. I will save myself and simply tell you that you should have really spent more time with the phone and realized most all those are possible straight from HTC

          Although i do like the video pause idea, and the "reboot" option would be nice from HTC.....but seriously? a reboot option makes your top 10 list of things you don't like?

        • Not Happening

          You can't be serious about this list right? Most of this stuff you CAN do...

          • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

            read my responses.

          • Not Happening

            Seems like you have a few issues with the stock dialer. Why not get a dialer from the app store instead? Something like ExDialer & Contacts or whatever.

          • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

            I used that dialer on my wife's S4.

        • Steve Schneider

          What time you missed a call? "Long press missed call" "View history"

          Change it to week/month view... it automatically saves your settings

          Pasting into dialer works fine, maybe you copy numbers wrong.

          Click the + to add a new number in contact settings, click the button on the left and go to "custom" create your own label

          In the gallery, click "menu" and go to "Show/Hide" albums

          Once you're on Vibrate, hit Vol+ one time and it goes to silent, or change it in the sound settings

          Download the app "DiskUsage" it's amazing for finding those 'other' files.

          There's an answer to 7/10 things you hate. Hating only 3 minor details about a phone is actually pretty good. Maybe before you post a hater list, try investigating first. :D

          • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

            really? long press to view the time I missed a call? why not just show it right next to the call like every other phone does. that's just dumb as hell and I would have never ever known that had you not told me but with any other phone Android, iOS or Windows--its as simple as looking at the screen.

            changing to Month view is not saved, I have to switch it every single time I use it and I dont even bother with it any more as its totally useless.

            pasting, lol. I copy, paste but it dials the last number instead of what I pasted.

            there absolutely is no custom option for contacts ( I have AT&T by the way so maybe there's a slight difference between carriers)

            volume button for silent, check. thanks a lot for that one cause I really needed it.

            disk usage app sounds great but below are screen shots that show I have 8.6GB of "other" the disk usage app is more guess work.

            Im not a noob, Im 43yrs old and Ive used computers on an almost daily basis since I was 16yrs old. Sense on the One is a mess plain and simple. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out though.

    • Bjajjull

      FroYo look*

      • someone755

        Now now, we're exaggerating. It's from Cupcake.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I used to work at a Sprint store and the Samsung rep told me they use those colors because they contrast well in direct sunlight with their beautiful screens. I lol'ed

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      it works better than sense so who cares how it looks.

      • Brad

        Let's put it this way... I am stuck with touchwiz on my s3 for the month because I flashed back to stock to turn it in for one up... it's the laggiest garbage I've ever burned my eyes out with. It looks like crap and performs like a snail. That sense interface - I could deal with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

      TouchWiz will become Tizen shortly.

  • Kuzy

    The Sense 5.5 will be released with 4.3 in the EU update next weeks...

  • Tommy wise

    The thing is android was never designed for the crappy skins 3rd party's put over android! But yet google let it happen. It's just good for a week until the bugs kick in then it's all down hill! With bugs that HTC can't and will never fix just let you live with it.

    • Michael Lee

      Open. Source.

      And I haven't noticed any bugs on my HTC One. :)

      • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

        lately my keyboard becomes unresponsive.

        • Michael Lee

          Really? Hmm... Stock HTC keyboard? I've been using the Google keyboard, so I wouldn't know. I guess I didn't think about the keyboard or other aspects having bugs. I haven't experienced it myself.

          • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

            Yes stock. Auto correct is FLed. Wrong letters or random letters being typed. Swype not working. All kinds of wired shit it wasn't doing before.

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com farukahmet

    What does Panorama+ do, though?

    And I love the camera app otherwise but I wish they would make that overflow menu a little bit more organized and readable, instead of a long list with no icons or categorization.

  • Nick

    I really want a HTC device now. HTC Sense 5.5 looks awesome and looks even more refreshing than Cyanogenmod, which is light years ahead of Touchwiz.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      in what way. I can name 10 things off the top of my head right now that makes TW much much better than sense.

      • Nick

        If that makes you feel better inside....?

        • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

          No. You said its light years ahead of touch wiz. Ever since switching from iOS in Nov 2011 I've heard mostly complaints about touch wiz but not person able to articulate why.

          Just find it amusing how if sense is so much better than TW it should be rather easy to say why.

  • Slawootsky

    >BlinkFeed is now optional, and turning it on and off is as easy as picking a default home screen
    I see what you did there.

  • Majeed Hamid

    Am glad the nav bar now look more like custom but actually still caring htc style

  • anthonyalessi74

    I am so excited the HTC finally decided to include emoji! This was the only feature missing from the MMS app! I just hope that sense 5.5 rolls out quickly after the 4.3 update like Jason Mackenzie was saying.