It has been almost a year since HTC Sense reached version 3.0, and although it was upgraded to Sense 3.5 at the time of the Sensation XL and Rhyme’s launch, it’s now due for a more serious work-over.
The team at PocketNow has been given a sneaky hands-on with Sense 4.0, and has revealed some of the new features. The interface has been given a new look, which is described as ‘mature, functional and more approachable’ than previous versions. With Sense being the most obvious of all the manufacturer interfaces, this can only be a good thing.
Interestingly, HTC has extended their relationship with online storage service DropBox, and will be offering 50GB of free space when users first set up their new device. This puts iCloud’s 5GB and even Windows Skydrive’s 25GB allowance to shame, and is likely to be a huge attraction.
Other new features include Beats Audio, previously restricted to HTC’s own music player, being made available for all third-party apps, an updated email client, a burst-mode for the camera to eliminate pictures spoiled by someone blinking at the wrong moment, and a ‘reader’ feature in the browser to highlight the text and hide the surrounding page.
A guest mode will also be added, letting others use your phone but with limited access to certain apps and all your private data.
Both the dual-core Ville and the quad-core Edge are said to be ready for an April launch, making an MWC 2012 announcement very likely.