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The HTC One Max is upon us, with a UK arrival imminent, and Sprint and Verizon launches scheduled for the holidays. We've also published our full review of the Max, with the detailed rundown of what's going on with HTC's 5.9-inch monster phone. Today we're bringing you a video walkthrough of the...

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HTC BlinkFeed headed to other Android devices

Following 'popularity with HTC users', company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones 'soon' Tucked away in a corner of HTC's new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android...
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HTC BlinkFeed and Gallery updates bring One M8 bug fixes and tweaks

The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social...
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How to customize BlinkFeed on the HTC One M8

How to add apps, social content, news, RSS, change colors and tweak settings in HTC's home screen reader HTC's BlinkFeed home screen reader is at the heart of its Sense UI, bringing social updates, news and app content to a special scrolling list in the app launcher. First introduced on the HTC...
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HTC Sense 6 apps hit Google Play ahead of new HTC One launch

BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new...
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KitKat and Sense 5.5 rolling out to unlocked and dev. edition HTC One phones in the US

Yet another thing to be thankful for HTC USA's Twitter account just gave word that unlocked and developer edition HTC One phones have a new update pushing out today. This OTA will bring KitKat and Sense 5.5 to the One, and sounds like a pretty good way to cap off a day of thanks. HTC One...
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AT&T HTC One X+ update to Android 4.2.2 rolling out now

Latest software update also brings Sense 5.0 along for the ride We knew earlier in the week that AT&T's HTC One X+ was due a software update, and now it seems to be hitting devices. Software version 2.15.502.1 brings with it namely Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.0. Sure, this might be...
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HTC One Android 4.3 + Sense 5.5 update lands in the UK

After a limited European rollout two weeks ago, UK devices are now getting the latest update HTC UK has announced that HTC One devices in the UK should begin receiving their update to Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 from today. The update brings the HTC flagship up to software version 3.62.401.1,...

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The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social content when you want" and the Foregrounder effect in Gallery now allows you to tap anywhere to apply the effect. Apart from that, bug fixes and performance improvements. Both updates are available now via the Google Play Store.

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How to add apps, social content, news, RSS, change colors and tweak settings in HTC's home screen reader

HTC's BlinkFeed home screen reader is at the heart of its Sense UI, bringing social updates, news and app content to a special scrolling list in the app launcher.

First introduced on the HTC One M7 last year, BlinkFeed returns in HTC Sense 6 with a new look, support for new services and even more customization options. Available first on the HTC One M8, HTC says BlinkFeed will eventually be coming to other Android phones through Google Play, giving owners of rival devices the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

And BlinkFeed is more customizable than ever in Sense 6. Check past the break to see how you can make BlinkFeed your own.

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Following 'popularity with HTC users', company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones 'soon'

Tucked away in a corner of HTC's new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android phones "soon," through the Google Play Store.

A footnote from the presser reads —

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BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots

We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new HTC Sense apps onto Google Play — HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack, and HTC SenseTV.

Update: HTC Gallery and HTC Guide have joined the fray.

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Latest software update also brings Sense 5.0 along for the ride

We knew earlier in the week that AT&T's HTC One X+ was due a software update, and now it seems to be hitting devices. Software version 2.15.502.1 brings with it namely Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.0. Sure, this might be the end of the road for the One X+ in terms of major updates, but it's a solid update to get for a device that's been on sale now for a good 15 months. 

If you're yet to see it, you'll want to be heading into Settings > Software Update > Check for Updates and see if anything is coming your way. If you've already updated, drop us a line in the comments and let us know how you're finding it. 

Source: HTC

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Yet another thing to be thankful for

HTC USA's Twitter account just gave word that unlocked and developer edition HTC One phones have a new update pushing out today. This OTA will bring KitKat and Sense 5.5 to the One, and sounds like a pretty good way to cap off a day of thanks.

We've seen a few of the changes with Sense 5.5 for the M7, but seeing KitKat in action on a Sense phone will be a first. Keep an eye out if you've a dev or unlocked model (or made your AT&T version into one), and be sure to share what you find when it happens.

Discuss: HTC One forums

Source: @HTCUSA

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After a limited European rollout two weeks ago, UK devices are now getting the latest update

HTC UK has announced that HTC One devices in the UK should begin receiving their update to Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 from today. The update brings the HTC flagship up to software version 3.62.401.1, including updated video highlights and gallery app, new features in BlinkFeed (including the option to turn it off entirely) in addition to the newer version of Google's OS. The UK rollout follows a limited launch on some European devices a couple of weeks back.

What's next? Well, HTC's already hard at work getting Android 4.4 KitKat updates ready.

We've got the changelog for today's 4.3 update after the break.

Source: @HTC_UK

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40GB total free cloud storage for HTC One owners who update

Yesterday we brought you news of HTC Sense 5.5 and Android 4.3 hitting some European HTC One devices, and now there's another reason to eagerly await the latest update for the phone. Similar to the Google Drive promotion for the HTC One Max, which gives owners of that phone 50GB of free storage, HTC Ones running Sense 5.5 can claim 25GB of free Drive space. Added to the basic 15GB allowance, that's a total of 40GB of free cloud storage.

Claiming your free space is as simple as starting up the Google Drive app once you've updated to HTC Sense 5.5 and hitting the "Redeem" button. Like the HTC One Max offer, the additional 25GB is good for two years and must be claimed before Jan. 1, 2016.

The official Google FAQ page notes that the Developer Edition HTC One isn't eligible for this offer due to its unlocked bootloader. For the same reason you'll be unable to claim your free storage if you've unlocked your HTC One's bootloader — though relocking it will allow you to redeem the offer. 

HTC Sense 5.5 also offers deeper integration with a couple of Google's key services. Google+ is now supported in BlinkFeed, Google Drive can be used with the integrated HTC Backup tool and Google+ sign-in can be used to log into HTC's account services.

Also see: HTC One getting Android 4.3 + Sense 5.5 update in parts of Europe

More: Google Drive offer FAQ

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Latest version of Android and Sense for HTC's international flagship

Not long after Sense 5.5 made its debut on the HTC One Max, the latest version of HTC's software is rolling out over the air to HTC Ones in parts of Europe. We've confirmed on our own device that the update is pushing out to unlocked Nordic handsets; HTC ROM-maker @LlabTooFeR tells us it's hitting Russia and Eastern Europe too. The update weighs in at a hefty 675MB and updates the HTC One to firmware version 3.62.401.1, based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.5.

As always, the update will likely take a few weeks to become available in all parts of Europe. HTC UK recently gave a three-to-five week estimate for bringing the Android 4.3 update to British HTC One handsets, so some users will be in for a longer wait than others.

The OTA upgrades international HTC Ones, previously on Android 4.2, up to the latest version of Jelly Bean, along with HTC's latest smartphone software. Sense 5.5 brings new features to BlinkFeed, including Google+, RSS and search support — and yes, the option to turn it off entirely. There's also a redesigned Gallery app with new video highlight templates and options.

All in all, this latest OTA puts international devices on par with the One Max, and slightly ahead of the U.S. and Canadian models, which have been getting Android 4.3 with Sense 5.0 in recent weeks. Check past the break for the official changelog and a handful of screenshots, and let us know in the comments if you're updating this morning.

Thanks, @LlabTooFeR!

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Official estimate from HTC UK Twitter account

HTC One devices across the U.S. and Canada have been receiving updates to Android 4.3 over the past several weeks, but so far we've yet to hear anything official on release timing for the European version of the device. Today, however, the official HTC UK Twitter account has given us our clearest indication yet as to when we can expect the update on UK devices — and unfortunately there's still a bit of waiting to be done.

"We are expecting to release #JellyBean 4.3 update in the UK in 3–5 weeks," tweets @HTC_UK. That'll be mid-to-late November, then.

Android Central understands that when the update arrives it'll bring with it HTC's latest Sense 5.5 UI — as opposed to the Sense 5.0-based software rolling out to U.S. devices — which might explain the additional time required to get everything finalized. So HTC One owners in Europe might have to hold on just a little longer, but the update should be worth the wait in the end.

Source: @HTC_UK

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The option to turn off BlinkFeed is good to have — but you'll be missing out on a great feature

One of the more radical changes HTC brought in its Sense 5 user interface was the addition of BlinkFeed, a somewhat customizable news reader built into your home screens. In fact, it was meant to serve as your home screen, showing you the latest from your favorite news sources, Facebook and Twitter. 

And as you'd expect, BlinkFeed was polarizing. New features can be hard to sell, especially when it comes to forcing them onto a home screen — and doubly so when there's no way to turn them off. Sure, you could just install a new launcher — or just ignore BlinkFeed in the first place — but that wasn't really the point for many.

But starting in Sense 5.5, which debuts on the new HTC One Max, you'll be able to easily turn off the BlinkFeed pane.

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The HTC One Max is upon us, with a UK arrival imminent, and Sprint and Verizon launches scheduled for the holidays. We've also published our full review of the Max, with the detailed rundown of what's going on with HTC's 5.9-inch monster phone. Today we're bringing you a video walkthrough of the HTC One Max, showing the phone's hardware in detail, as well as the new software tricks in HTC Sense 5.5. Check it out above, then hit up the rest of our One Max coverage, linked below.

More: HTC One Max review; One Max specs; One Max availability

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An easy way to disable BlinkFeed, customizable quick settings, 'dual capture' and 'Panorama+' in camera app

High-profile HTC ROM maker mike1986 has produced screenshots purporting to be from the next version of HTC's Android-based UI, Sense 5.5. Among the most significant changes in the gallery of 15 images are the presence of an easy toggle for BlinkFeed — HTC's home screen reader, which currently cannot be disabled on HTC One devices. Elsewhere in BlinkFeed, there are new categories to select, and a custom topics tab.

More details after the break.

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Announcement continues transparency on update schedules from the manufacturer

President of HTC America Jason Mackenzie has just announced on Twitter at the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint will receive Android 4.3 and Sense 5 by the end of 2013. Following hot on the heels of news that the HTC One on AT&T would join the Android 4.3 upgrade party next week, this is great news for those who have this slightly older handset.

A few users may have been a little disappointed to see an update hit their EVO LTE a couple of days ago when it wasn't the big jump to Android 4.3, but it's great to know that the update is actively being worked on. We don't have a better time frame than the "end of the year," but we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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Not a lot here that isn't in the headline. Verizon has listed the Sense 5 update page for the HTC Droid DNA on their site. There is no date mentioned, or no inkling of exactly which version of Android we'll be seeing (though HTC has said they are working to get 4.3 on the DNA this month), but if you want to know all about Sense 5 features like Blinkfeed or the new smart dialer, it's there.

If you're a Droid DNA user, keep an eye out for that update notification.

Source: Verizon; Via: Android Central forums

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Android 4.3 and Sense 5 expected soon for US models of HTC One

Someone known to have good leads inside HTC has spoken on Twitter about the coming 4.3 update for the HTC One, and he believes we'll see it in a few weeks. This matches up with information we've already heard, but there's some more information here that we think makes it newsworthy.

According to @LlabTooFer, we will see the US versions of the HTC One get the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5 soon. After this happens, International versions should prepare for the Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 update. After the release of the HTC T6 (the HTC One Max), all HTC Ones, the Butterfly S and the One Mini will see Sense 5.5 with the 4.3 update. Specifically mentioned as not getting the 4.3 update were the HTC One S (all variants) and the HTC EVO LTE on Sprint.

There's not much information about Sense 5.5, just this rumor that we should see it eventually. We're looking forward to finding out more, and you'll be the first ones to know.

Source: @LlabTooFer. Via: Android Central forums; XDA forums

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OTA also includes new Sense 5 UI, BlinkFeed, video highlights

The Android 4.2 and Sense 5 updates for the HTC One X and One X+ have been pushing out in parts of Europe and Asia over the past couple of weeks, and today they've landed on British shores. Users are reporting this morning that updates to version 4.18.401.2 on the One X, and version 2.18.401.2 on the One X+ are now hitting unlocked handsets in the UK.

The updates, both of which weigh around 400MB, bring the newer version of Android, and all the various goodies associated with it, along with new HTC features like the BlinkFeed home screen experience, a new Gallery/Camera app with video highlights, and various new lock screen styles.

If you're seeing the new software on your One X or One X+ today, hit the comments and tell us how you're getting on.

Thanks, Shen Ye!

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Tegra 3-powered One X receiving update with new OS version, BlinkFeed, video highlights and more

Not long after the HTC One X+ started getting its Android 4.2 update in parts of Asia, HTC Europe has followed suit with an update for the original NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered One X. Reports from the XDA forums show that the update to version 4.18.401.2 weighs in at a little under 380 MB, and includes Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the new HTC Sense 5 UI. As such, the update also adds many features from the HTC One, including the BlinkFeed home screen experience, the new Gallery and Camera apps, and automatic video highlights.

It's worth underscoring that this update is for the European HTC One X (codename Endeavor), not the AT&T One X, known internationally as the One XL (codename Evita). So far there are reports that the update is hitting Nordic countries and parts of Eastern Europe first, including Slovakia and Denmark; other European countries should be getting the OTA in the hours and days ahead.

HTC insider @LlabTooFeR tweets that the European HTC One X+ should also be getting a similar OTA, to software version 2.18.401.2, however we've yet to see any signs that that update is rolling out.

If you're seeing the update on your HTC One X or One X+ this morning, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: XDA, @LlabTooFeR

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The HTC One has a lot going for it. There's the UltraPixel camera. It has a fantastic unibody aluminum design. Let's not forget the sillily-named but great-sounding BoomSound speakers. And so much more. And while all that is nice, HTC really wants you to know about the software, specifically they want you to know about BlinkFeed.

So HTC America's posted to YouTube a pair of new commercials (after the break) that highlight BlinkFeed. They both play off the same concept: BlinkFeed surfaces relevant content for you on its own, keeping you from having to dig for it yourself. Literally, digging. It's an interesting visual metaphor, watching that poor guy shovel a pile of dirt out of his not-an-HTC but-certainly-meant-to-represent-a-Samsung smartphone. While BlinkFeed might not be for everybody (though you should know that you can use BlinkFeed to keep up with Android Central and the rest of the Mobile Nations network), the excellent hardware of the HTC One isn't the only selling point HTC has to offer.

Though HTC is sure in both ads to point out that the One is "all-metal", surely another dig at Samsung. It's clear that HTC is targeting Samsung as their sole competitor here. Samsung's arguably-over-the-top TouchWiz Nature UX doesn't serve up nearly as much news and social information as cohesively BlinkFeed can, and the new Galaxy S4 is certainly much more on the all-plastic side in comparison to HTC's all-metal One.

HTC has retired their old "quietly brilliant" tagline as they've opted to be more aggressive in their advertising efforts. Money's tight for HTC, so even with a more assertive marketing campaign they can't hope to match what Samsung (and Apple) will be putting on the table. HTC's all-in with the One - but will it be enough? Simple, clever, and smartly-targeted commercials like this might do it - assuming HTC can afford to buy enough airtime to cut through the noise.

Source: HTC America (YouTube)

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Two of the most important features on the HTC One are also two of the most confusing

One of the most important -- and impressive -- features of the HTC One is, of course, the camera. We're not going to dive into the whole "UltraPixel" thing here, nor is this a review of camera quality. We'll worry about how the sausage is made later. Right now it's time to learn a few important terms when it comes to the HTC One camera.

When it comes to the new features in the HTC One Camera, you'll be hearing a lot about Zoes (pronounced zoh-ee, as in Zoetrope) and Video Highlights. Zoes can stand on their own, or they can be part of a Video Highlight. 

Following is a walkthrough of what a Zoe is compared to a Video Highlight, what you can do with them, and how you can share them.

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