Posts tagged htc sense
Someone reported the other day that their phone was coming up with an error saying:
The Application HTC Sense (process com.htc.launcher) has stopped unexpectedly. Please Try Again.
The only option available was Force Close, and soon as that was pressed the message would appear again.
In this particular instance the problem was caused by the user deleting some old homescreens. However, it can be caused by any other action related to HTC Sense. If the HTC Launcher app detects problems it becomes stuck in this loop and makes your phone unusable by constantly springing up that error message.
NOTE: by doing this you will lose all your custom homescreens and will have to customise them again.
These are the instructions I provided which seemed to solve the problem:
- Press the Search button on your phone
- Type in Settings and select it from the results
- Select Applications > Manage Applications > HTC Sense > Clear Data
- Press the Home button
- You should now see the default wallpaper and widgets
- Try adding a widget. Either:
- Press the +icon in the bottom-right > Widget
- Press Menu > Add to Home > Widget
- Long-press an empty space on your homescreen > Widget
- If you find that the HTC widgets are missing from the Add Widgets list go to Settings and repeat steps 3 and 4
This fix applies to problems caused by performing an action related to HTC Sense. In some cases it can be caused by incompatible applications, in which case the general solution would be to go to Settings using the method described above, then Applications > Manage Applications > Select the app you think is causing the problem and uninstall it.
In the worst case scenario, you would need to backup all your data and applications (MyBackupPro is great for this) and then perform a factory reset of your phone.
This was the fix I suggested and it worked well for the user. If anyone has experienced this problem and found an alternate solution please feel free to post in the comments or email me and I’ll get it added into this post. Thanks!
Paul O’Brien (the guy working on rooting the Desire) has just posted up 2 images of his HTC Desire: one running Vanilla Android (standard Android without HTC Sense), and the other with a custom recovery image (which lets you put custom ROMs such as Vanila Android on your Desire). As you can see below from the white top bar, standard Android Widgets and the default homescreen that owners of other Sense-less Android phones (such as Nexus One) will recognise:
His latest tweet says that “Desire kitchens are a go-go” – basically meaning that you should be able to customise your own ROM file and install it to the Desire!
I’ll keep you updated as further information is released throughout the day!
If you’re new to Android, or to smartphones then the Desire might seem a little overwhelming when you first get it. Here’s a few tips and tricks on what to do when you get your phone, and how to use the Sense interface properly:
- check that Internet and MMS are working. You might need to contact your network provider for the settings to use.
- Add my email accounts to the Mail app – remembering to turn the “Sent from Hero” signature off. You can leave that on to brag but I don’t think it looks good when I’m emailing clients!
- Setup your WiFi
- Press Menu on the Home Screen, from the scene’s option choose the blank one and then add the widgets that you actually want/need. Extras will only drain the battery faster though they might provide extra eye-candy when you’re showing off your phone.
- You can hold your finger down in any empty space on a homescreen to quickly add widgets.
- Long-pressing an application in the menu will let you add it as a shortcut to a homescreen
- Long-pressing the Home button will list your recently launched apps.
- Pinch a homescreen, (or press Home whilst already on a homescreen) to see an overview of all 7 homescreens.
- To use a part of an MP3 as a ringtone, open the track in the Music player, press Menu and select “Set as Ringtone”, then select “Trim the ringtone” and from there you can select and preview which part of the song you want!
There’s no such thing as closing an app on an Android device because they’re multi-tasking phones. You simply press the home button to leave it and it should carry on where you left it next time you go on. When your device finds that it’s running out of RAM it’ll start closing the older apps itself.