A functioning Sense 4.5 ROM has been developed for the HTC EVO 4G LTE by Chubbzlou and Sac23, and it looks pretty nifty.
To clear up some eminent confusion, although the Sense 4.5 camera mod is included in several ROMs at the moment, and MeanROM is up to version 4.5 (and includes the Sense 4.5 camera mod), so far no Sense 4.5 ROMs have been released – until now.
Sense 4.5 is an updated version of the Sense 4.1 platform and had been rumored to be released with the Android Jellybean updates from HTC.
The ROM, which seems to be unnamed or named “Sense 4.5 ICS,” includes the usual mods, tweaks, and programs we’ve come to love in the root world.
The ROM includes the HTC One boot logo and sound, which I’ve always despised in a ROM, but you can remove that later if it annoys you as much as it does me.
Fairly important to note is that, if you’re coming from another ROM, you’re most likely going to have to do a factory reset to clear settings, as this ROM does not seem to play too nicely with old data laying about in the system. It’s a good idea any time, but for me it was a requirement to keep my mail from crashing.
I could not locate anywhere a list of what Sense 4.5 offers over 4.0 or 4.1, and I’ve not run Rosie as a launcher in a while, so I’m guessing that the following are the main changes: The ROM includes a landscape Rosie mode, a slightly different looking Sense 4.5 camera which includes two more options on-screen for white balance and ISO, long pressing the screen brings up a screen with multiple options to add widgets/wallpaper/apps as opposed to a menu, application menu transitions seem different, and the whole thing seems a lot snappier than I recall Sense 4.1 being, although that may be more from the developer than from the Sense upgrade.
It’s a pretty neat Sense ROM and seems to fly like the wind. Since the camera is the main thing that Sense 4.5 has going for it in my opinion, there really isn’t a huge difference that I can see between this Sense 4.5 camera and the Sense 4.5 cameras that are shipping with other ROMs – just those two new buttons.
If you’re chomping at the bit wanting a new version of Sense, this ROM’s got it going on. My bet is other ROMs will soon follow suite should you care to stick with your current ROM/developer of choice.
Let us know how this works out for you if you flash it.