One of the biggest criticisms that the HTC Hero has received in reviews is its “laggy” user interface. HTC put its own touches to the Android UI and dubbed the finished result ‘HTC Sense’. Whilst many agree it is a vast improvement to vanilla Android, it can also be a resource hog. This means that disabling TouchFlo can improve the performance of your handset (that’s if you don’t need all the bells and whistles).
Rob Ferrer posted a good guide on his blog on how you go about disabling this, to get just a vanilla version of Android on your homescreen. Remember, though you do end up losing HTC widgets if you do this. However, it’s worth a try and you can always easily switch it back.
Click through for the instructions on how to do this along with a video from YouTube user ljcaseykc, who demonstrates the Hero running without TouchFlo. Well worth a watch.
To switch homescreens:
From the Homescreen press [Menu] and select [Settings]
Select [Applications]->[Manage Applications] (this may take some time to load)
Scroll down and select [TouchFlo]
Once the application info loads, scroll down and tap the [Clear Defaults] button. You may also want to tap [Force Stop] to ensure it closes.
Press the home key and you will be given the option of using [Home] or [TouchFlo]. You should select [Use by Default...] if you want to fully make the change, or just tap [Home] if you want to try it out first.
There you go, a standard Android homescreen.
If you want to switch back, the process is very similar, except you select the [Home] app at stage 3 instead.
HTC Hero / G2 Touch with no TouchFlo running (vanilla Android)