The separation of app and manufacturer continues, as HTC has just made its proprietary lock screen application, what has become so prevalent on their One-branded devices, available in the Google Play Store for download.
This isn’t the first application from HTC that has been injected into the Play Store for other, Sense-enabled devices to take advantage of. The BlinkFeed app has been available for some time now, and even HTC’s Clock app has managed to make an appearance. And now the Lock Screen app is available for download.
With the new app, users can swipe right on the Lock Screen to jump straight into BlinkFeed, or swipe left to access the Widget Home. If a user swipes up on the Lock Screen, a user will access the previously used application. The clock, weather and notifications are displayed on the Lock Screen as well.
As usual, the standalone app means that updates can land on the Lock Screen faster than with major version updates to the platform as a whole. So, hopefully new features continue to be added to HTC’s app.
Update: As noted in the comments (thanks!), the app is meant for other HTC devices running Sense. Unfortunately, non-HTC devices don’t get to take advantage of the proprietary lock screen.