Thunderbolt & HTCSense.com
I've heard two conflicting reports... 1) the Thunderbolt will sync with HTCSense.com because it's a part of the new Sense and 2) the Thunderbolt will NOT sync with HTCSense.com because it's device specific and Verizon did not wish to have the Thunderbolt compatible with that website.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Thanks.
- 01-11-2011, 12:54 PM #2
- 01-12-2011, 05:27 AM #4
The sense.com features are baked right into the new version of sense, so it would take a lot of doing on HTC's part to strip them out. That, and I doubt HTC would go to such lengths to essentially cripple one of the newer features of sense just to make Verizon happy.
- 01-12-2011, 09:28 AM #5
Here's why I am convinced it will... I have ran 2 or 3 different ROMs ported from the Desire Z on my incredible and have not only synced with sense.com, but also have access to HTC Hub and have downloaded several widgets, ringtones, and skins. I'm willing to bet if you went into a Verizon store and asked them if the DInc had access to sense.com they would tell you NO. Long story short, it's ROM based, not phone or carrier based.
- 01-12-2011, 05:12 PM #6
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- 01-12-2011, 05:36 PM #8
The HTC Hub is really what's worth it for. There's way more customizing options, more widgets, and you can do skins, which is really nice. Plus your homescreen rotates. There's more transitions, everything seems faster, and while the autobrightness is a little funky, it's overall better than the current Sense.
In terms of bugs (at least in the ROM I'm using), the Display is always the main user of power in the Settings menu, regardless of teh brightness level and how long you use it for. I don't know why. This might be limited to the ROM I'm using. And HD video recording doesn't work, but that's in all of the ports. the HTC Locations app, which is suppoesd to replace Maps, doesn't support the USA so that kinda blows. You can still have Maps though so i don't really care.
I'd recommend trying it out. Keep in mind it takes a couple days for everything to get set after flashing. I like it better than SR.
- 01-12-2011, 05:37 PM #9
It only has a couple of features up and running, but the features it has are really handy. There is a map (google map, btw) that shows you exactly where your phone is based on gps and tower locations in case you leave it somewhere while out and about. I have left my phone in a cab in Vegas before, wish I would have had this...
It also has toggles to forward you phone calls or messages to another number. I forward my calls to my desk all the time, because I work in the basement of a large concrete building and get a shady at best signal at my desk.
By far the handiest feature is there is a button on the site that will make your phone ring at full volume regaurdless of it's current volume settings. In a word, MONEY for a dope like me who can't remember where I set my phone down before I went to the bathroom.
There is also a button on the site to remotely lock your phone and another to remotely wipe it. Remember my trip to Vegas? Again, I wish I would have had this ability.
By far the biggest advantage to sense 2.0 is the HTC Hub app you will see on your phone. You will have access to the latest HTC widgets, skins (which are esentially themes), new ringtones and alerts, things like that.
Many of the Desire Z ports now are stable enough to be daily drivers (mad love to all the chefs for their time and effort). Let's talk about cameras. The photo camera has been updated and is like the evo camera on crack. You also now have the ability to edit photos on your phone. Very cool. The only issue with all the ports is that the video camera freaks out when trying to record in 720p, but records 800 x 480 just fine.
- 01-30-2011, 10:52 PM #11
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From what i have heard, the site is having some issues right now and the thunderbolt will NOT be working with HTCSense.com AT LAUNCH. It WILL be working soon after though after they get the issues resolved. That is probably why everyone is seeing reports that it will not be working with the thunderbolt.
- 01-31-2011, 01:18 AM #12
- 01-31-2011, 07:22 AM #14
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guys on another post i email htc directly to ask. here was the response
Very good question, Jordan. I would be more than happy to provide you with a little more insight.
At this point in time, HTCSense is still undergoing further development and testing. We've run into major problems that will probably not be fixed before the Thunderbolt is released; this is why only two phones, thus far, have the necessary version of HTC Sense to work with the site. We feel that the site is not stable enough to handle the additional traffic. Due to this, the Thunderbolt most likely will not initially be able to interface with HTCSense.com -- Once the site is a little more stable and able to handle more traffic, and once we've worked the bugs out of it, we'll be looking to expand the list of phones that will work with the site. As the Thunderbolt is going to be among the first of Verizon's 4G phones, I can only guess that this phone eventually would be made compatible -- however, this is something that is left up to Verizon. We would be more than happy to forward this suggestion to the people at Verizon, so that they know that people looking forward to the Thunderbolt would like to be able to use HTCSync.com.
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- 01-31-2011, 01:27 PM #22
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You don't pay for the ACTUAL cost. You pay for the VALUE of the service. It's capitalism. I'm not sure when we felt, as a country, that we only needed to pay for what something actually cost the business and nothing more.
I'm with you that it's not cheap, but it's also not "nickel and dime" type stuff. It's a value added service.
If companies can only charge you for their actual cost, there would be no profits, no money for R&D, no job creation or innovation. Just something to think about, Comrade.
- 01-31-2011, 01:39 PM #23
I'm all for capitalism, as long as it doesn't reach the exploitative point. And that's where we are.
/off topic rant
- 01-31-2011, 01:50 PM #24
Panda says no HTCSense.com @ rollout:
@paulmike3 at this time that functionaliy is not working. Maybe just because its a pre-release device but we aren't testing it so doubt it
- 01-31-2011, 02:54 PM #25