In addition to revealing the HTC One X+ today, HTC said that it will start rolling out the upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for its HTC One X and HTC One S in the near future. This will be accompanyied by a new version of the Sense user interface
Sense 4+ will offer a slew of new features that will coincide nicely with the Android upgrade. Here is a list of the enhancments that will be offered with the Sense 4+ upgrade and Android 4.1:
The first feature the new UI will offer is Get Started, which will allow users to log into an account using PC or Mac to set up the device, before it even arrives. Users will be able to add and edit various accounts, customize their themes, and even install applications.
Sense 4+ will also offer Watch 2.0 which will double as both a demand service similar to Netflix and a utility feature that will link to other video related applications such as YouTube bringing all of the user’s video content to one place. From there users will be able to directly form there HTC Watch Home screen or they could opt to play the media directly on their television (given the users has the HTC Media Link).
Simple and sweet, Google Now will allow suers to press the home screen to pull up Google Now. This will offer users direct access to certain information such as places to eat, transport times and sports results (similar to Siri).
In the same fashion of Watch 2.0, Music Apps will let users directly link all of their Music applications loaded into the HTC device, creating an all-in-one music hub.
Self Portrait Mode
This feature will simplify taking personal photos by auto-detecting the users face and using imaging software to subtly improve the quality of the image.
When using smartphone camera for extended periods of time it can become bothersome to have to continuously open the camera application after unlocking the device. Sightseeing Mode will look to alleviate this annoyance allowing users to unlock straight into the camera application, when this mode is enabled. Additionally, all passwords and lock patterns will be disabled when this mode is engaged, though user access will be restricted to the camera for security reasons.
Finally there is the Gallery App, which again works similarly to the Music App or Watch 2.0. Gallery App acts as a hub for all of your photos. Furthermore, things like Instagram, Picasa and Flickr can be linked in for quick and easy access to all of your photo streams from one place.
The Sense 4+ and Android 4.1 upgrade is expected to be released for the HTC One X and HTC One S sometime later this month. However, consumers in the U.S. should be aware that U.S. carriers will likely delay the upgrade to further test it before releasing it to the general public.
These features will be avaulable on the HTC One X+ when it is released — this device will luanch with Sense 4+ and Android 4.1.