HTC Sense 6.0 on the HTC One (M8) is quite a bit different than previous versions, but HTC is pushing its custom software to a whole new level this year – breaking out many of the core applications and offering them through Google Play. This allows HTC to release updates and new features to its phones without having to go through the arduous process of rolling out a system update to individual handsets.
While this will allow HTC One (M8) owners to get access to new features a lot quicker, we’ve also learned that HTC wants to bring its software experience to Android devices which are not necessarily manufactured by HTC. Hidden in the new One’s press release from yesterday, HTC revealed that BlinkFeed will soon be made available to a broader range of devices. Having used the HTC One for a year now, we can say that we honestly enjoy having a mash-up of Facebook, Google+, Instagram and other news feeds just a swipe away from the home screen. It’s not clear if BlinkFeed is a full launcher replacement or just a standalone app or widget that will be added to the home screen.
Zoe in the cloud
In 2014, HTC’s unique Zoe™ feature will evolve into a cloud-based service, enabling Zoe Video uploads for all to see, along with the ability to invite friends and family to add their own photos, videos and music to the original Zoe video. Incredible highlight reels of classic moments are even better when the creation is shared. The new Zoe app will be available for download through Google Play this summer.
Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.
But HTC is not stopping there. According to The Verge, HTC is also bringing the HTC Zoe app to other Android devices as well. While BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe are two features which make HTC’s custom software unique, HTC may be able to pull in new customers. This move could get people wondering about the overall HTC software experience simply by exposing them to a few of its more compelling apps.
Source: Android Central, The Verge
Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.