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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 —

Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.

BlinkFeed was listed on the Play Store yesterday, along with many other Sense 6 apps, allowing HTC to update them independently of device firmware. Right now, though, BlinkFeed is only listed as compatible with the HTC One (M8).

For HTC to make such an integral part of its Sense UI available to non-HTC consumers is an interesting (and unusual) move — and one it's likely hoping will boost its brand awareness by exposing more users to its software and design language.

So, non-HTC users, would you try BlinkFeed on your device? Shout out in the comments.


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HTC BlinkFeed headed to other Android devices


Cool. Lots of people don't seem to like it, but I think I actually would find it a great addition to my home screen.

Got Nexus?

Hell yeah I loved blink feed on my M7 I really missed it on my X

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I'll give it a whirl too. Curious to see what the hype is all about. This is a great PR tool to get others interested in your devices. Are you listening Samsung?

What because it would be a much better phone?

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I guess I could go back to swiping up for Google Now. I would definitely try it. My wife seems to like Blinkfeed on her M7.

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Good question. Although as long as there is a manual update feed option that should limit the potential battery drain.

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Obviously they wouldn't put the whole sense launcher on the Play store, and it seems weird for HTC to design another launcher. I'm thinking dedicated app.

Will definitely give it a try. Any apk files out there for it already instead of waiting for it to hit Play Store?

There's an XDA forum you can actually install it from but you need to know a few things about root and moving files around but it does work and very well. It's definitely stable enough for daily driver phone but no Facebook feeds ported over to it yet but works great. I run it on my Note 3 once in awhile and it's great.

This would really helps decisioning on the Sony Z2 if these Verizon rumors are true... Because leaving the M7 would that easier...being able to put BlinkFeed on it..(not really sold on the M8) no I don't take pic much but when I do I'd like em to be great..4mp isn't cutting it

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I'll give it a shot. I would love to see it still support the "OK Google" hot word. If it does that, then I might keep it.

Nexus 5...enough said

I'm pretty sure there is an option to "turn off" blink feed and "reclaim" that screen. It was something HTC implemented in an update for the M7.

Yes, it was the sense 5.5 update (I found a reference on the verge) so you definitely need to update ;)

Install Apex. You can keep the sense look and feel but also customize columns and rows as well as have up to 9 screens.

I'd definitely give it a shot. I use Flipboard a lot, and if it's as good as that is definitely keep the HTC home screen!

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Yeah I would try it! When it was put on the Play Store I had that exact thought; if I could download that as a 3rd party launcher, that would be cool. Hope it will be compatible with Moto X just to try it. I'll see if I like having a fancy RSS reader more than my folder covers from Action Launcher.

I like to try new things out so I'd give it a go once it becomes available.

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I guess I'll take it for a spin to replace my Google now for now :-) . Maybe it will offer more functionality than google now which only gives me weather, stocks I set up and very limited news.

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So this might be the reason why HTC filed cease and desist order to the ROMs that have "blinkfeed" like features. Just a guess though.
source: xda-developers site.

Fantastic! I miss Blinkfeed (using a Note 3) and will download this when available. Then again, I'll most likely have the M8 before this hits the playstore for general download.

I have the HTC One. I don't like Blinkfeed as my "HOME" screen, but once HTC allowed me to make another window my HOME screen, I found I liked having Blinkfeed as a screen on the slide that I could swipe to when I wanted to catch up on news easily.

Yes! This is the future. Modular manufacturer skin components on the play store. Anyone can have any skin that they choose. And with less proprietary firmware on the devices, all devices will hopefully be easier to update. This could be the first steps towards a better future for android.

Not trying to start an argument, I really want to know in case it's something I might use, what did Motorola put out there for others to use?

Moto did link their apps to the play store, but HTC is taking it a step further and making apps available to devices outside of their own handsets. All of the moto apps can still only by on moto devices.

It would be advised for HTC to do this as soon as possible, don't wait for the interest in the m8 to die down.. something like this can either help propel a new product or slow the dying of interest.

Love the idea!

I don't think they can charge for it though - you can design a bunch of android widgets to stream the same information that Blinkfeed does. It's just a nice, well-designed "widget" that pulls in several social media feeds to one screen. I'd definitely welcome it on other Android phones - but only if it's free.

I wasn't a huge fan of Blinkfeed or the Sense launcher in general on my M7, but as of yesterday I'm running a modified M8 rom with Sense 6.0 on my M7 and I honestly like sense and Blinkfeed now. I only hope that by releasing it to other devices that HTC doesn't bloat this software to be compatible across the board.

I'm excited about this. I honestly enjoy Blinkfeed on my One (m7) and would love to have the improved version on my Nexus 4.

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I definitely would give it a try even though I'm not too crazy about flipboard.

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Bet that a part of BlinkFeed on non-M8 devices will have an ad somewhere on the screen to advertise for the M8.

My magazine, blinkfeed, flipboard ... Same thing I will stick with what I already had setup. They are equally impressive
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I love BlinkFeed and my M7, but I don't like this move. The beauty of HTC is that is unique from the other guys. I feel like making this available to other manufactures devices, takes away from the unique marketability of the HTC product. They really don't need another reason to buy a Nexus 5, rather than spend considerably more on HTC's flagship product. If it weren't for BoomSound, BlinkFeed, and the premium build of the HTC One I would have a Nexus.

Exactly, you hit it right on the head! I feel the same way and absolutely agree with you!

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If there was something unique about it then your point would be valid. There is nothing unique about blinkfeed

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I doubt very seriously many people would by the One for a piece of software you can get other examples of in the play store.

I would try it. If a launcher probably not a keeper. As a standalone app/widget much more likely.

Unless there's more to it that blows me away.

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I'll use it, liked it when I had a M7 and my girl loves it on her M7. I'm one of the people that doesn't need a lot of home screens. I use really 1 home screen.

Eh. It's a good move for HTC, as is following Google's lead with un-bundling launchers, etc., from the core OS.

However, Blinkfeed doesn't do anything for me. I initially threw Nova on to get rid of Blinkfeed, and then did a full GPE conversion when the RUU became available. I can't imagine going back to Sense, as it seems cluttered, dull, "toyish", etc. KitKat w/ Google Now Launcher is really a polished OS that no longer requires tweaking to bring out its full potential.

Absolutely a great move. If someone has a great experience using BlinkFeed on their non-HTC device it might make them consider an HTC phone as their next purchase.

HTC needs some name recognition. I read these forums and hear all of the complaints about the 4mp camera and I'm just bored. I have the M7 and it takes great pictures. The Moto X got tons of love from reviewers and surely it's camera can't compete with the HTC M7, let alone the m8 or iPhone or Samsung! The HTC M8 as a whole is an awesome phone from hardware to software just like the M7! Might as well get on board, HTC ain't going nowhere!
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Lol, takes great pictures. Did you have a nexus before that?

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Will it be free? If so I would definately try it. I love the look and feel of FlipBoard, assuming it's something like that.

I would try it out since I haven't used the original HTC One. I'm open to new things.

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I never used it much when I had the M7 for a month or so but I'd give it another shot.

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I knew this was going to happen. It's a nice change. First, Apple iTunes on Android then HTC sharing blinkfeed. I do not see how this could go wrong.

Now, if only, Samsung will release their camera and X-men functions so that I may stay on vanilla KitKat.

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If it will be in the form of a homescreen, I'll try it. If it'll be a widget, I'll just pass.

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Out of curiosity, why would you prefer it to be a complete launcher replacement, rather than a widget?

Because I can imagine how awful it'd look as a regular widget. I'd like it to look as beautiful and integrated as it does on HTC devices.

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I love blinkfeed myself, I tried so hard to try and get it to work with nova launcher. The only thing people didn't like about it was lack of news options and/or those who didn't understand how to add more homescreens as they complained they couldn't move it and it took away a screen. This is awesome news for me though, I really like blink feed

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Just because it says other Android devices doesn't mean non HTC devices. So I'm wondering if they meant other HTC phones.

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Glad to see HTC following Google's footstep in uploading their APKs as well. We think it'll be much better, especially when they can avoid rolling out a full update, avoiding the unneccessary delays to consumers. By the way, Geekalogy covered this story as well at:

Take a look and let us know how you feel!

Why not. That's one of the main reasons I wanted a One. But if there's a GS5 chance with blinkfeed I'm super down.

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If it's a news app aggregator widget then I will definitely give it a try; it can't be any worse than the dreadful Google Play Newsstand!

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Yes I love BlinkFeed nothing on the play store can match my BlinkFeed withdrawal

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Definitely a step in the right direction. I've been saying for a while that HTC should untether as many sense features from Android and offer them independently.

I'm kind of regretting jumping ship from the EVO LTE to the LG G2 a few months ago. Next upgrade I'll probably jump back.

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I actually like blinkfeed! but I'm Hating the camera, and the giant Bezel at the bottom of the phone! deal breaker!. Sony Z2 here I come (^_-)

I'm sure I'd miss BlinkFeed if I decided to get a non-HTC device, so this is great news, I think. And I actually prefer BlinkFeed to Flipboard. They're similar, but the minor differences have led to me using Flipboard less often.

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It'll be a fantastic replacement for the TouchWiz. I hope Samsung will be releasing the new UI for GS4 too though

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I think this is a mistake for the company. The one thing that stands out about HTC devices is there sense software. And blink feed is the newest part of that.

Absolutely will install. There's a port of it on XDA that works with devices 4.4.X currently that works well once set up but the Facebook feed doesn't work yet but it's well done and does work very well. I run it on my Note3 current.