Mar 25 AT 7:32 AM Alex Wagner 6 Comments

HTC Sense apps hit Google Play, confirm Google Play edition HTC One (M8)

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We’re now just hours away from the official debut of the new HTC One (M8), and it appears that HTC has been caught doing a little prep work in Google Play ahead of the event.

It’s been discovered that HTC has uploaded several Sense-specific apps into the Play Store. One of these is the HTC BlinkFeed launcher, which the company originally introduced with the original One last year. This Flipboard-style news reader combines news, calendars, social updates and more into one app that allows users to skim through all of their feeds in one place. The app also includes an Offline Reading mode that saves content over Wi-Fi for later viewing.

Also released today is the HTC Gallery app. As you’d expect, this app lets users view and edit the photos and videos that they’ve taken with their device. The HTC Gallery app also includes an Image Match feature that can search for a particular object or person in your photos as well as a POI Location search that will display all of the photos that you’ve taken at a particular location. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the HTC Gallery app is in the description, though, as HTC mentions that “support for HTC One(M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit.” Looks like a Google Play edition of the new One is a pretty safe bet.

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The third app released by HTC is SenseTV. This app lets users control their TV, set top box or home theater setup with their phone. Also included is an electronic programming guide and some second screen content, including cast and crew information and sports scores.

The fourth and final app (so far) is HTC Service Pack. HTC says that this app includes previous Sense updates and that it’s meant to help make the user experience “more reliable.”

Google and Motorola are two companies that have already released their apps into the Play Store. This allows them to issue updates whenever they’d like rather than waiting for an OS upgrade to push them out. It’s awesome to see HTC following in Google and Moto’s footsteps, as it means that users can likely expect to see more frequent updates to features like HTC BlinkFeed in the future. These HTC apps aren’t compatible with any existing hardware quite yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed after today’s event, so stay tuned.

Via: Android Police (1), (2)
Source: Google Play: HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Gallery, HTC SenseTV, HTC Service Pack

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  • Nate B.

    HTC is really covering the bases here. Nice. I really need more insight on that camera though. I saw the latest leak from yesterday in the video, but still wasn’t to much detail like I wanted it to be. Still not confirming both counts for both cameras on the back. I understand it’s an UP camera and still 4MP, but what is the other there to help out for?

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Looks like OEMs finally find a way to bypass the carriers for most updates.

  • donger

    Great news.

  • jamal adam

    Yes! This is a wonderful move by HTC. Bypassing carriers and giving customers the latest versions just like Google.

  • Alan Reboli

    Release HTC Mail on the world.

  • Cwalden21

    Will these be available to the original htc one as well?

  1. HTC is really covering the bases here. Nice. I really need more insight on that camera though. I saw the latest leak from yesterday in the video, but still wasn’t to much detail like I wanted it to be. Still not confirming both counts for both cameras on the back. I understand it’s an UP camera and still 4MP, but what is the other there to help out for?

  2. Looks like OEMs finally find a way to bypass the carriers for most updates.

  3. Yes! This is a wonderful move by HTC. Bypassing carriers and giving customers the latest versions just like Google.

  4. Release HTC Mail on the world.

  5. Will these be available to the original htc one as well?