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.
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.