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Ok, so I got my 4.3 and Sense 5.5 update and, altough there a re a lot of improvements, I'm more pissed off because of some stuff they removed or... ahem... added...

- Why did they remove the lock screens? I know the lock screen widgets are accessible through a right to left swipe in the lock screen, but why remove them altogether? For example, I just want to be able to have a different wallpaper for my lock screen than my home screen...

- Why did they remove the old video highlights themes?I very much welcome the added new settings and permissions for the highlights... Honestly, they're a very big deal. But, for the love of God, why remove the old themes? My favorite (and judging from what I've seen on the internet - youtube, Facebook or HTC Share - "Islandia" is gone... Why?

- Why is the NFC logo pinned in the status bar? Why do I have to see that? I have NFC turned on all the time... :

These are the few things that got me upset about the new Sense 5.5 update. I know that the update has a lot of good new features (and I welcome them all)... But why remove other good features that have been on Sense since I can remember?

Are there other features that have been removed/altered in a bad way?

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And an UPDATE: I know that they've added a s*it load of new emoticons in the stock SMS app, BUT they made it so that the we cannot see the old ones.

For example, when someone sends me an SMS with an emoticon from HTC One X with Sense 5.0, I just see it as text and they cannot see the new emoticons that I send them... Great thinking HTC (_|_)
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Yes. Why the he'll did they removed the medialink hd api?

No more movies on the tv and browsing on the phone at the same time. Really makes the hd medialink useless.
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I wonder how long HTC will take to actually understand how things work.
They removed all weather animations in sense 5. And what they provided in that version is now removed in the latest version.
Are they confused?

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Yes. Why the he'll did they removed the medialink hd api?

No more movies on the tv and browsing on the phone at the same time. Really makes the hd medialink useless.

You got that working before? For me when I pressed home the clip stopped too. Even on Sense 5. I have not tested on sense 5.5 yet.
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You got that working before? For me when I pressed home the clip stopped too. Even on Sense 5. I have not tested on sense 5.5 yet.
same here it just closed and didnt do anythig, is there any way of getting this to work
 
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Can't get my head around removing the old themes. I suppose now that there's custom music available you can use the old music easily enough I would imagine but you can't get the old visual effects back. I love Islandia.

Ridiculous decision, I only went to 4.2.2 and got the six new themes in July, three months and they've removed them?!
 
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- Why is the NFC logo pinned in the status bar? Why do I have to see that? I have NFC turned on all the time... :
It's indeed annoying. I "fixed" this issues with changing NFC on and off via notification toggles or EQS. Thats not a perfect solution but it just takes 2 sec to de-/activate...
 
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Can't get my head around removing the old themes. I suppose now that there's custom music available you can use the old music easily enough I would imagine but you can't get the old visual effects back. I love Islandia.

Ridiculous decision, I only went to 4.2.2 and got the six new themes in July, three months and they've removed them?!
Custom music is cool but try to upload your video and have all these warning about copyrighted music etc.
The new themes aren't good or aren't there any themes anymore?
Also, did I read that now the duration of the clip is changeable or am I wrong?
 
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The duration of the clip is variabile, but cannot exceed 30 seconds. Maybe on HTC One Max you can make videos longer than 30 seconds.

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And an UPDATE: I know that they've added a s*it load of new emoticons in the stock SMS app, BUT they made it so that the we cannot see the old ones.

For example, when someone sends me an SMS with an emoticon from HTC One X with Sense 5.0, I just see it as text and they cannot see the new emoticons that I send them... Great thinking HTC (_|_)
That's because the old emoticons were just three-character strings that the messaging app interpreted as a smiley. For example (-: turned into . This caused tons of problems if you were trying to send a more technical text message with tons of parentheses and colons. Now, in Sense 5.5, the emoticons are standard Unicode emoji glyphs that are supposed to be universally compatible with every phone supporting the updated unicode standard. For example, in Android 4.3 (and probably 4.2.2) emojis are partially-implemented. The latest iPhones have a full implementation, as does Google Hangouts (one of the reasons to be excited about Hangouts SMS integration IMO), and now Sense 5.5 has a full implementation of emojis.

The reason your old phone cannot see your new emoticons is because it's either not running a recent enough version of Android or HTC's software on the One X simply does not render the emojis right. Some messaging apps also can strip excess unicode information -- older phones are notorious for this. A simple fix would be to use an alternative SMS/MMS app on the One X, one that fully supports emoji input such as Sliding Messaging Pro, or Textra (don't know if Textra supports ALL of the emoji glyphs, but it has some functionality).

One more note, CM10.x's MMS app also has support for this built-in, so it isn't just some fad that little girls and iPhone users are aware of, it is legitimately an evolving communication standard.
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