Last week, HTC made a new family of mobile phones running under the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and featuring the new Sense 4.0 UI official, the “One” series.
Apparently, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 UI pair will be delivered only to these smartphones, while older devices won’t get a taste of the fully-flavored new user interface release.
Unofficially, however, things are different, and the first ROM to provide users of older HTC devices with the possibility to get a taste of Sense 4.0 has already made it online.
The new Virtuous S4X ROM brings along all the goodies that 4.0.3 ICS and Sense 4.0 have to offer, though it is available only for the HTC Sensation and GSM HTC EVO 3D smartphones at the moment.
The new ROM was built starting from a leaked RUU (0.96.401.2) for HTC Endeavor (HTC One X), and still packs a series of bugs inside.
However, it appears that the software is capable of offering support for essential tasks, which makes it quite usable.
To learn a bit more on what the ROM is all about, you should have a look at the video embedded below, courtesy of MobileSyrup.
Since HTC has already confirmed that it won’t pack the full Sense 4.0 UI inside Sensation devices when upgrading them to Android 4.0, many users would find the unofficial ROM a great option.
However, they should keep in mind that it requires rooting, and that this will void the warranty of their handset. Moreover, they should remember that custom ROMs often affect the functionality of the devices.
Users should also bear in mind that this specific ROM still has some flaws, and that the experience they have after installing it on their devices might not be the expected one. Some additional details on the Virtuous S4X ROM can be found over at XDA-Developers.