HTC BlinkFeed

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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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?

Dexter505 says:

I love blinkfeed.

I love BlinkFeed too. Lots of news to keep my mind busy on the bus to school.

bumpandrun says:

I love my blinkfeed, i get a lot of news from it.

DS1331 says:

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

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mtmerrick says:

Eh, what the hell, I'll try it out.

bluesun3030 says:

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?

deepak12723 says:

I just imagine my n5 bursting into flames as soon as TouchWiz is installed.

+1

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jackwagon06 says:

Or actually taking a decent picture.....

bumpandrun says:

You mean Sense.

NoNexus says:

What because it would be a much better phone?

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fuzzylumpkin says:

Course I'll try! I tried Facebook home... Obviously I'll try anything once!

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Brice Berry says:

True that.

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MarkSeven says:

LOL

newboyx says:

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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mstrblueskys says:

It's been a really awesome addition. I wonder how taxing it will be on devices when it's not cooked in.

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

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mstrblueskys says:

Think it's a launcher or widget?

I'm thinking something similar to Flipboard.
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That's a good question, they might have to get it going as a launcher.

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thod3n says:

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.

Oh good. It is one of the few things I miss from my One.

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SkinsFan1987 says:

I'd give it a try. If I don't like it, it can disappear.

Deck82 says:

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

Lane Jasper1 says:

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.

Howard Sylve says:

Worth a try.

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the1m.polo says:

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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jeddo45 says:

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

That's a Google now thing, not blinkfeed...

Lane Jasper1 says:

Won't happen.

Lane Jasper1 says:

It won't and neither does the current XDA port of it.

Pam_A_Davis says:

I have an HTC One. I have never liked this feature and it takes up a screen I could use for something else.

You say that like you can't add other screens for whatever else you'd use that one for.

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Pam_A_Davis says:

Not on the HTC One. Only 5 screens max, unless I use a different launcher which I have not looked into.

TenshiNo says:

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.

Pam_A_Davis says:

Thanks for the info. Perhaps I need an update. I have Sense 5.0...

Settings > Personalize > Home Screen Style

TenshiNo says:

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

Pam_A_Davis says:

Done and done!

Lane Jasper1 says:

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

Pam_A_Davis says:

Thanks I'll check it out!

Dizfunctions says:

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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KKILLION79 says:

Wondering if they will charge non HTC phone users for it?

Highly doubt that. They are using it as a gateway to HTC products and services.

sequoia462 says:

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.

VDub2174 says:

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

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Obviously! I was waiting to pop something like this on my home screen!

i like to move it move it

dadathepanda says:

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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bumpandrun says:

Not as personal as Google Now but many more options for content.

pitchblende says:

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.

Erckul says:

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 would use it but it probably won't be optimized for tablets

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mpinter says:

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.

paul-c says:

Didn't think I would, but I actually like BlinkFeed.

NoYankees44 says:

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.

teej51685 says:

Shout out to Motorola for getting the ball rolling on this.

bumpandrun says:

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?

NoYankees44 says:

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.

mck says:

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.

bumpandrun says:

+1

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.

misterbatman says:

I'm on board, this will be fun to try.

colz97 says:

I'll definitely give it a shot! Looking forward!

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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DeeNice484 says:

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

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Andvarix says:

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

Did you figure that out all by yourself? LOL!

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bumpandrun says:

They would be dumb not to advertise on it.

NoNexus says:

My magazine, blinkfeed, flipboard ... Same thing I will stick with what I already had setup. They are equally impressive
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nieuwiefan says:

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.

Jimmy Walker says:

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

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NoNexus says:

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

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bumpandrun says:

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.

vividrich says:

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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specops2k3 says:

would love to try it on my note 3

Yeah I'd want to try it out.

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Hell yes.

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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.

TenshiNo says:

Yup. I'm sure that's HTC's reasoning here.

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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NoNexus says:

Lol, takes great pictures. Did you have a nexus before that?

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Yes. It would be a beautiful addition to my G2!

LG G2 on 4.4. Kit-Kat

3snakes says:

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.

arwaldon4 says:

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

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svenEDGE says:

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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rkcmd says:

Would love to try it.

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impu15ify says:

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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TenshiNo says:

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

impu15ify says:

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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TenshiNo says:

That's fair.

TenshiNo says:

I'd at least check it out.

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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cerob says:

I would give it a try, worst case is I uninstall it.

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Evilnut says:

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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GeekalogySG says:

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:

http://goo.gl/RoIwBn

Take a look and let us know how you feel!

barondebxl says:

That's awesome news, I love blink feed

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sentinelred says:

I'll try everything once

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Will it just be an app/widget or the entire home launcher?

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Brice Berry says:

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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ACADM says:

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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I like the look of blinkfeed so deffo going to try it.

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

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ljredeye says:

I'll give it a try.

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

As someone who likes to be updated, I'll surely check this out!

mike31082 says:

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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thadjudda1 says:

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 (^_-)

cgardnervt says:

Nice to see them add this as an option.

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K White1 says:

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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MarkSeven says:

I would try it..

Anuran Dev says:

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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snatr says:

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.

Lane Jasper1 says:

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.