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HTC, You Win – I Can’t Stop Using BlinkFeed

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As painful as it is for me to admit this publicly, I feel it’s only right that I do. My name is Kellen, and I’m a BlinkFeed user.

When HTC announced the One back in February, I was one of the quickest to write off BlinkFeed as another marketing gimmick and option that no real tech user would ever touch. I called it “terrible” (twice). Sure, it was perfect for the average user who loves Facebook, but for people like me, it didn’t stand a chance. It was a Flipboard copy, remember? It was even promoted with this super creepy, stalker-friendly ad. Well, after going through my second unlocked One, and making it my daily driver, I’ve found myself using the damn service more than I had ever expected to. In fact, I’m loving every second of it. Ugh. 

So what is it that I like? If you own a One and are holding off from installing a third party launcher (please don’t ask me why I haven’t done this yet, I’m embarrassed enough as it is), you are almost forced to use BlinkFeed. Since it can’t be removed from your set of home screens, it’s always there, ready for you to glance at. And since it’s there to be glanced at, I decided that I may as well make it worth my time. So I filled it up with NBA and NFL news, dirty Celebrity fixes, Movie notes, and (my limited Facebook feed). Now, every time I unlock my phone, I refresh the stupid thing, hoping to see new news. I’m so addicted.

BlinkFeed gives me a way to quickly consume information that I actually want to consume. There are no tech-related news feeds pumping through my BlinkFeed, no sir. I save my RSS apps for that. BlinkFeed is strictly personal. It has become my way of separating work from play, if you will. And not that tech is all work-related, but when I step away from my desk at the end of the day, it’s time to unplug from press releases and phones in China that you will never want to buy.

Now, BlinkFeed still bugs me at times. I often find it recycling some news stories. I also wish it would show me missed calls or connect to apps like Google Voice to show some notifications other than calendar appointments that are on the way. I really wish they would allow me to specify Twitter lists into it, rather than my entire Twitter feed. It has potential to be even better. But for now, it’s my dumb guilty pleasure. I get a quick fix of news topics that I care about and the occasional Facebook post from a pre-school friend that I haven’t talked to since I was five but am supposed to be interested in still, all without ever launching an app.

Don’t judge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamox-Esox/545262817 Jamox Esox

    im hooked on blink feed as well it keeps on showing me new gadgets and technology breakthroughs, when I glance I cant stop reading. its very addictive

  • Andres Galvan

    I always thought Blinkfeed would be a terrible gimmick with a big hit on battery life that I would never use. When I got my One on launch day, I didn’t even set it up. Well I did, but only to remove the ugly blue WP looking icons. I took all the feeds off right away. Then I decided to give it a chance. I put my Facebook, Twitter, and tech related news on it, and within two days, I caught myself manually refreshing it at least one or twice an hour. It honestly is addicting, against all odds. It’s not even a big drain on battery life. I think HTC finally hit it out of the park with the One.

  • rotard

    can droid-life news pop up on there?

  • Azilla/Syraz

    NBA and NFL? What about your local hockey team? get some WHL stuff going :)

  • Altechi

    My blinkfeed doesn’t updated automatically. I currently have it on Wifi and Data, but it still doesn’t update, I have to manually updated it.

  • Seth Schorr

    Kellen, you’re weak. :{

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    Kellen, you’re not alone. I wrote off BlinkFeed (and Zoe, for that matter) when the One was unveiled but, now that I have played around with it, I’m starting to like it. I might have to flash Sense 5 onto my DNA for it (just kidding, waiting for Paranoid Android).

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_suraci Daniel

    What’s the difference between Blinkfeed and something like Feedly?

  • yummy

    Abandon hope all ye who enter here

  • Brandon Hadley

    My name is Brandon and I’m also a Blinkfeedaholic… Ever since I put this sense 5 Rom on my DNA

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    You are still cool on cruise control Kellex. No intervention needed. ;-)

  • Dr0me

    i actually like it a lot too. the scrolling is so smooth and nice. But i have been using Nova instead. I wish there was a way to have the best of both worlds. Nova + Blinkfeed

    • LionStone

      hmm, so installing Nova rids the Blinkfeed?

      • JoshGroff

        Yeah, just like with Blur’s clock widget, afaik it only works with the stock launcher. >.>

        I wonder if there’s a workaround somewhere, this is android after all.

  • Tyler Lawhon

    Keep in mind that Flipboard also recycles stories a ton as well.

  • Green

    Forget BlinkFeed. Those are my Broncos on that phone!
    I wonder how many down votes that’s going to get me. :)

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I mean isn’t this what everyone wants? Upfront information.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Kellex, NOOOOO! You turned! You promised you wouldn’t! No! No God Nooo-So is it really that good? Hmm, now I want Sense 5.0 on my DNA

    • JoshGroff

      It’s worth flashing to try out, you’ll either find it useful, or install a different launcher and ignore it.

  • joejoe5709

    Kellen, my friend…
    First LockScreen widgets and now this? What next – Facebook Home?

    Haha. I hope you know I’m just poking fun. :-)

  • Jordan Debow

    Is there away to flash just BlinkFeed on my Gnex or is there an app close to it?

  • MotoRulz

    Never really understood liking or disliking something just because it was the “cool” thing to do. If it works for you great if not great too…

  • http://twitter.com/Techy4Christ R-Monroe

    Ive been tempted to try it out, I wish you could add other sources like rss feeds

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    We all can fall victim to short lived addictions, that soon wear out. I have a feeling you will be bored of it sooner or later, or just want to leave sense launcher so bad you will have to say bye bye lol

  • jisaac16

    First step is to admit you have a problem

  • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

    I am baffled

  • Dilson Silva

    your dead to me now….:(

  • Brandon Golway

    I tried to use Flipboard a few times and never really got into it, same thing with Pulse, Taptu, Currents and others. I always seem to go to back to simple RSS readers like Greader Pro.

    • anguy

      Exactly. Those apps and widgets look cool, but classic rss readers provide more info and have clearer design.

      • Brandon Golway

        The graphical ones don’t allow you to scan for content quickly and they usually lack a “mark as read” feature. My feeds are just text in Greader and Feedly.

  • Mike

    I expect better from you sir. You’re starting to show me that you’ve become quite weak minded in your old age.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      :(

      • Tyler Casilio

        Not for me :)

  • trophynuts

    So Kellex tell us more about how you’re obviously liking the Sense Launcher as well……

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      This I am not liking. Never will. I may make another video about how ridiculous it is because I keep finding more issues with it.

      • brad kou

        please do my friend keeps saying how amazing it is and i need to take him down a peg

        • JoshGroff

          Imo, it’s not bad, but to call it amazing is a far stretch.

        • Tyler Casilio

          lol

      • Tyler

        I’m more interested in Sense as a whole. I believe you made a video of 20ish things you hated about sense. Personally I will probably cover up the launcher with Nova Launcher if i get this phone.

  • Lakerzz

    My name is Brady, and I am also a BlinkFeed user…I have sense 5 on my DNA. This is the first time (when having a phone with a skin) I’ve ever kept a skinned launcher on my phone. And just like Kellex, I can’t get enough of BlinkFeed. I’m just glad he “came out” first to open it up for the rest of us…

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Yeah, buddy. Welcome to the club! #blinkfeedcult

      • Dylan Patel

        So far we have the dead #Note2cult, the awesome amazing #Bayble cult, and now the #blinkfeed cult

        • JoshGroff

          That’s funny, you forgot the nexus cult.

      • neoand12

        I use to use the notification ticker on the galaxy note II to see all the news I care about, I Think if blinkfeed is a superior version of that then I will love it so I might be joining you guys. can’t wait for my 64GB HTC one tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/zk0sn1 Nee Austin

    Doesn’t anyone run Nova Launcher? Blinkfeed goes bye bye, although I actually really like the idea of it. I do think that they should’ve made it removable, but it’s well implemented. If only flipboard could be so integrated.

  • EC8CH

    Alright… now sell me on how that button and logo layout instead the worst ever on an Android phone :-)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      These soft keys are pretty much terrible. They often take an extra press because the first doesn’t register. So getting to Google Now with a long press or recent tasks with a double tap can be painful.

  • http://twitter.com/Smoothcrm7 Matthew Blank

    As someone coming from a nexus 4 to the HTC One I can’t agree enough. I find my news apps getting considerably less viewing and using another launcher made feel like I was cheating on blink feed. It really is fluid easy to use service. Yes of course it has its issues but for a first run app. Not Bad.

  • droidrazredge

    so from what I’m understanding Kellen, BlinkFeed is like a more streamlined customizable version of Flipboard ? If that is the case that seems pretty cool! Seems like the HTC One keeps getting better and better.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It’s really not all that feature-rich, but if you want to follow a handful of general news topics, Facebook feed, and Twitter, it’s not that bad.

  • Steven Rothermel

    I’m still getting over the fact that you are using something non-nexus as your daily device……and now THIS!!

    oh the Humanity!!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Well I mean being a VZW guy… not like he has a choice as far as nexus devices go :-)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Well, if Google announces an LTE Nexus at IO, hello Nexus, again.

  • ace

    How is twitter in blink feed kellen?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It can be overwhelming if you follow a lot of people. If they add the ability to limit it by lists, I’d be a fan. For now, I leave Twitter out of it.

  • pleeeeeeease

    Alright, we get it. HTC is paying you good money to push their bad phone. We don’t need to be reminded your opinion is for sale. Just get some real stories up please.

    • http://twitter.com/Chondog Chris Choncek

      LOL. Just coming in here to say the same thing.

      Sometimes I wished I would get the same phone as Kellex so that his articles would be more pertinent to me. haha

    • Oli

      Actually, you should venture out and read other sites. Most of them say the same thing. So your argument is invalid.

  • Derek Traini

    Guys.. Kellex is allowed to have an opinion lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Williams/579249547 Jonathan Williams

    Hi Kellen.

  • EC8CH

    Stop Blogging Kellex… you’re Drunk.

    • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

      It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      The sun is out in Portland. We tend to get drunk early when that happens.

    • Brandon S.

      Now if they could just update their phones!

  • Rebuke78

    Ye be judged indeed!

  • zepfloyd

    In before Kel admits to liking Windows Phone too… LOL.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Dont’ think that’s ever going to happen. Windows Phone has some nice concepts, but delivers on terribly on them. :P

      • zepfloyd

        Phew.

        • EvanTheGamer

          He’s in denial.

          lol jk

          • michael arazan

            Today’s word is “Intervention”

            Hopefully K hasn’t been Kidnapped by HTC PR Team

      • cornflahkes

        I actually switched to WP in summer 2011…still using it. Does everything I need, and stays out of the way otherwise.

        Been tempted (by both Android and iOS), but still using this HTC Trophy (aka Nexus One era hardware). Hoping to see a flagship Nokia hit soon (with my sweet sweet unlimited data).

        • donebrasko

          Hopefully the Nokia Lumia 928 will be that phone

  • Alexander Garcia

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! So the moral of the story is… Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Well, I tried it three different times, including a full review, before deciding I liked it. I guess…it grew on me. I don’t know heh.

      • JoshGroff

        I like it as well, for news, not for social networking though.

      • Alexander Garcia

        No sweat my friend. I’ve done that. I swore up and down that I would never talk to my phone to get it to do things for me, now I can’t live without Google Now. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomasp.cavey Thomas P Cavey

    I Can Id Love To Be Able To Delete This Piece Of !@#$%^&To each there own?

  • http://twitter.com/nunyazz Mike Sims

    I would like to try it out, but Verizon.. DUH!
    You bought the international unlocked version Kellex? What service?

  • holeyguacamole

    Slow news day?