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HTC Sense 5.5 Screenshots Show Option to Turn Off Blinkfeed, New Camera Features, Other Tweaks

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Thanks to a series of screenshots post by blog Android Revolution HD, we may have first look at HTC’s soon-to-be-released Sense 5.5 Android skin. The screenshots show a familiar design language to the Sense 5 that was first introduced with the HTC One, but includes new options to help expand its polish. Most would argue that HTC has one of the better Android skins on the planet, and these subtle changes should only help solidify that claim. 

In the top series of screenshots, you’ll notice one very specific new toggle that was previously left out of the original Sense 5, though most of us believe it should have been there from day one. That would be the option to turn on or off Blinkfeed, HTC’s homescreen news and social network aggregator. We actually became Blinkfeed fans over time, but for those who want nothing to do with the vertical scrolling Flipboard competitor, a toggle is a simple yet perfect addition.

In the series of shots below, you’ll notice that the camera will soon have a “Dual capture” and “Panorama” modes. Dual capture could just be something similar to what Samsung has done, by allowing you to snap photos with both the front and rear cameras at the same time. Panorama on the other hand, is pretty self explanatory. Well, unless you compare it to “Sweep panorama” – anyone guess the difference? You’ll also see a slightly tweaked multi-task panel in the shots below that features bigger cards.

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In the last series of screenshots below, you’ll see new additions to Blinkfeed, an improved keyboard experience with Emoji, and the ability to rearrange the quick toggles pull down menu. And that’s pretty much it.

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It’s tough to tell when we’ll see this new Sense 5.5 arrive, but a launch of the One Max next week seems like the perfect opportunity for HTC. As for when we’ll then see it arrive on the HTC One, your guess is as good as ours. With the device just now receiving Android 4.3, I’d bet that we’re months away from a major update to 5.5.

Via:  Android Revolution HD

  • RawrMcFiddle

    Just updated my software on the HTC One

  • jens

    Why won’t they bring back the email widget – it’s the one (sic!) thing that annoys me the most about my One mini..?!

  • eye of newt

    I just updated to Android 4.3, but Sense 5.5 is not available on T-mobile so there is no way to turn off blinkfeed. What a a crock!!

  • Iain

    Why don’t people just install an alternative launcher and get rid of everything? Blinkfeed, vertical scrolling and some of the other tedious user experience.

  • HeatFan441

    Finally, no more Blinkfeed.

  • rthvk

    Sweep panorama just sounds like a regular pano.

    Panorama, on the other hand, sounds like LG’s VR Panorama (read: Photo Sphere!)

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  • Shadowstare

    HTC had me at Blinkfeed being removable. I’m sold.

    But I have NO hope for it being released for my Droid DNA before the DNA 2 is announced. Verizon WILL screw it up no matter what HTC does.

    • Jonny Sanchez

      Droid brand is now exclusive to Motorola.

      • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

        Wasn’t it always kind of Moto’s I mean yes Samsung and HTC made one or two Droid phones, but aside from that a lot of Droid phones were from Moto…..

        • nicotinic

          Samsung: Droid Charge

          HTC: Droid Inc, Inc 2, Droid Inc 4G, Droid DNA

          Motorola: A lot

    • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

      There is NO #DNA Two. The HTC #ONE is your “2”.

      • Shadowstare

        If the One is my “2”, then what’s the Butterfly S?
        The One is a great phone, and if there was no DNA 2, then the next One would be a GREAT consolation. I just need a healthy battery and 32GB.

        • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

          I think the DNA is a good phone, has issues, I used one for a while. The ONE is exponentially better & its standard at 32GB. I think you found your device!

  • Adam Truelove

    Is there an option to turn off Sense?

    • holdthiscat

      No. Just Blinkfeed.

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      That would be amazing… but no OEM would do it… Beside HTC First which I really wanted not for the Facebook Home thing, but because it had StockUI… Ended up buying a nexus instead.

  • Asimoalex

    oh i want emoji on SMS

    • 918273645ams

      download textra + emoji plugin.. smoothest sms experience ive had on android

      • Asimoalex

        Oh it looks good… Ill give it a try

    • Nathan D

      Textra, Chomp and even 8SMS are all good solutions.
      GO SMS has more features than you can imagine, but it’s pretty slow.

  • starnovsky

    Still the same desk clock widget…

    • Chris

      No one says you HAVE to have it….. and its only the same since sense 4.

      • JoshGroff

        The 4X1 widget is vastly different and the 4X2 was smoothed up in sense 5. Compare it side to side with the sense 4 clock you can see the differences.

    • malcmilli

      and its the one thing my mother wishes was on her gs3 when she moved on from the Evo 4g

  • Adrynalyne

    Gotta wonder if they purposely made Blinkfeed non-removeable in Sense 5 so that they could make it a feature for Sense 5.5.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Innovation at its finest :)

    • MK17

      They may have done it to force people to use it because they know that the adoption rate of an OEM feature is relatively low. This resulted in people actually liking it. Now that they have their adopters they can afford to make it removable as an added feature.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I like the changes that they are bringing to Sense 5.5. Gives the User more control over things

  • deskjob

    I am okay with Blinkfeed. It’s not my homescreen – it would’ve been a possible deal breaker if it had to be. My main concern was its hit on battery life. I turned auto-update off for it on my HTC One, and I have observed GREAT battery life no worries there. I have to admit, the fluid UI of the blinkfeed isn’t too bad – I find myself checking it every so often when I am bored.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Then you realize… wait I already read all this news

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’ll be honest. I tried to put up with Blinkfeed for a week…. A WHOLE WEEK. Then I created a couple more home pages and defaulted the one in the middle as home. I never see Blinkfeed. I really don’t find it useful.

    • waltercool

      Hahah, I use it everytime, isn’t expensive to read random topics. I prefer that instead Currents, because I don’t like to follow static feeds. Blinkfeed can easy eat Flipboard (flipboard effect it’s kinda dizzy).

    • jnt

      It’s definitely a personal preference thing. I find it useful in exclusive situations, and overwhelming when I include all of my feeds in it. So I just use it for a few of my favorite items that don’t overwhelm it with info.

    • PhoenixPath

      Doesn’t work for me for whatever reason…the articles/pics/whatever show up, but it doesn’t open the respective app (i.e., facebook) when tapped.