Has the age of proprietary apps on the Play Store begun? We sure hope so, because Motorola has had a lot of success with this method of app distribution. Instead of waiting to release a full system update to a device to update a core app, Motorola started uploading core apps to the Play Store to update them as frequently and as fast as it liked. Camera, Active Display, Gallery and more were updated many times in the last few months, significantly improving the experience of the devices.
HTC is going for the same approach with the all-new HTC One (M8), and the company has just released updates for both the BlinkFeed and Gallery apps. The BlinkFeed app received optimized scrolling, more social content and bug fixes, while the gallery saw the addition of tapping anywhere to apply the Foregrounder effect. While the changes aren’t big, it’s great to see HTC giving consumers app updates faster.
It looks like Samsung is falling behind in this game, though we may see the company take the same approach once the Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow. Because obviously, this approach is the superior one. Who doesn’t like faster updates? If you’re an HTC One owner, download these updates by hitting the widgets below!