HTC One X and HTC One S owners are by and large, very happy with their devices as the reviews steadily streaming in are often glowing for HTC’s newest hardware line. One “tweak” that is causing a bit of a rebellion is how Sense 4 handles multitasking. The most obvious change is the aesthetic part which presents a horizontally scrolling list of app screens, and not a vertical list of tiles. The visual change is something we don’t have any problem with, but apparently the underlying reason is causing some HTC One X owners some aggravation.
A number of forum members over at XDA Developers have complained that the way Sense 4 handles multitasking is to be over aggressive in closing background apps, resulting in a sub-par experience. While the changes may lead to improved battery life as a result, the changes themselves are frustrating power users.
For their part, HTC says that Sense 4 is “operating normally” and that while this is different from stock Android, it’s perfect normal. HTC had this to say:
HTC is aware of some questions in the enthusiast community about how the HTC One X handles multitasking and memory management for background apps. We value the community’s input and are always looking for ways to enhance customers’ experience with our devices. That said, right now multitasking is operating normally according to our custom memory management specifications which balance core ICS features with a consistent HTC Sense experience.
We can take note of HTC’s promise to look “for ways to enhance customers’ experience” as an indicator that changes could be afoot if the feedback gets louder and louder. For the moment however, HTC isn’t marking this down as a bug or something that requires a fix, so we ask you — does the way Sense 4 handles multitasking bother you or do you like the new aesthetics and accept a bit of tradeoff for it?