HTC Sense 6 was used on most of the Taiwanese company's 2014 smartphones, including the HTC One M8, upon which it first appeared. Earlier versions of Sense 6 are based upon Android 4.4 KitKat, while later versions run Android 5.0 Lollipop. It was succeeded by Sense 7, which arrived first on the HTC One M9.
HTC Sense 6.0 builds on the look of Sense 5, with similar icons, a home screen based around the BlinkFeed social reader app, and a refreshed design based around lighter, brighter colors. Apps such as Messaging, BlinkFeed, Gallery and Sense TV now use one of a handful of accent colors, which can be customized through the new Themes section, which also controls the highlight colors used on certain icons, and the home screen wallpaper. Brighter colors and flatter UI elements give Sense 6 a fresher, more modern look than its predecessor, but you can clearly see the HTC Sense lineage — the Roboto Condensed, a familiar icon set and similar on-screen animations.
HTC's home screen reader has been redesigned with a more colorful and image-centric look, with new grid proportions that favor photographic content. And it's also a little smarter in Sense 6, giving prominence to more "liked" Facebook posts, and drawing on contextual information to link with apps like Foursquare. And BlinkFeed has support for more social networks and news services than ever, including Google+ and Instagram, and there's a refreshed UI for selecting your news sources.
On the HTC One (M8), Sense 6 introduces Motion Launch. As the name suggests, this feature gives you new ways to unlock your phone and launch apps using gestures and the device's array of low-powered sensors. Double-tapping the screen can unlock the phone, or lock it if you're at the lock screen. Or just swipe up to unlock normally. Swiping right can launch you straight into BlinkFeed, or swiping left will bring you to your home screens. Swiping down when the phone is off will activate the voice dialer. The "auto answer" function also lets you answer calls by putting the ringing handset up to your ear.
Gallery, Camera and Zoe
Sense 6 features a revamped camera app based around six main areas — Photo, Video, Zoe, Selfie, Panorama 360 and Dual Capture. Photo and video are self explanatory, though Sense 6 does add a new UI for easily tweaking settings like ISO and exposure, and saving these presets for later use. Zoe is its own camera mode now, allowing you to capture short snippets or longer Zoe videos. And Selfie and Dual Capture work as they did in Sense 5 — take shots using both cameras at once, or the front-facer alone.
Working in conjunction with the HTC One (M8)'s Duo Camera, the Sense 6 camera app uses the secondary rear camera to gather depth information and record it in EXIF data, allowing you to add 3D and artistic effects and selectively refocus your shots. And launching soon after the M8, a new Zoe social app will allow Sense 6 users to share and collaborate on Zoes and video highlights.
HTC's IR-enabled TV app continues to add new functionality in Sense 6, including sports scores and live information on current games. And there's social integration built-in through Facebook and Twitter to help you find posts about the show you're watching.
HTC has augmented its existing battery-saving features with a new Extreme Power Saving mode. This lets you dial back all but the most basic functionality, and eke precious hours out of the last few percent of battery power..