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@evleaks Gives Us the First Look at the HTC M8 Home Screen, On-screen Buttons Included

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Rumors about the HTC One follow-up (known internally as the M8) having on-screen navigation buttons first circulated at the end of January through a Tweet by industry leaker, @evleaks. This afternoon, he’s backed up that report by Tweeting a purported home screen picture from the device, showing that it does indeed have on-screen navigation buttons. 

Other than the on-screen goodness, we’re still looking at HTC’s Sense skin atop Android. This screen shows BlinkFeedwhich you either love or hate – and the typical bottom four Sense-themed icons surrounding an app launcher button. There are transparent notification and navigation areas, something that was supposed to become a standard with Kit Kat. Speaking of KK, I think we can assume that the device is indeed running Android 4.4.2, since it’s brother from 2013 already is on a number of carriers.

And that’s all we are really seeing. The navigation buttons are (in order) back, home, and multi-task, the three that Google has taken up as the standard for stock Android.

Below, we included the full-resolution screenshot, so you can see it all.

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Via:  @evleaks
  • beng8686

    Yuck. Too much skinning going on here…

    • Chris

      Its only the background

      • beng8686

        The status bar is the background too?

        • Chris

          Kit-kat has a transparent status bar.

  • Eric Mykleby

    So when will this phone actually be available? I have Verizon unfortunately, will this phone skip them as well?

  • bionicwaffle

    Hmmm, It doesn’t look like there’s any room for buttons below the display. This could be the first time on-screen buttons were done right! I may even like this!

  • cizzlen

    Is it just me or is today just the BEST FREAKING DAY IN ANDROID EVER!!!!?! YESSS

  • Ralph Bretz

    That new sense skin reminds me of the tiles on a windows phone. Not a fan. I like minimal skin.

    • LionStone

      You are looking at BlinkFeed. Sense IS a clean, minimal skin.

    • Chris

      Do your research on HTC and sense before running off like that

  • Chuggowitz

    Let’s be honest, most people on this website who will get one will just root it (me included) the first chance they get.

    • Chris

      Most here own moto x’s

  • dexy

    New render, One Two

    • Tmonies

      Here is the first shot of it in the wild, from some random but totally legit Russian blog:

  • Jeff C

    I’ll take one in GPE flavor.

  • matt

    Finally HTC getting with the times

    • cizzlen

      Were you with us last year buddy?

  • Tyler Casilio

    Yup. That’s my next phone

  • George264

    Looks fantastic. HTC allowing us to pick a color theme for BlinkFeed?
    Not sure how I feel about the glowing keys though. Those are bugging me.

    • flosserelli

      Do you mean the navigation buttons? They probably glow when selected, not all the time.

    • Tyler Casilio

      I think so too on the Customization. I think they look like their glowing, but it’s because he blurred out the writing on the Blinkfeed boards and it’s giving it the illusion that its glowing, but they don’t in reality. I was looking at that too. If you look on the bottom side of the on screen buttons you’ll notice no glow, but where the on screen buttons touch the blurry/transparency boxes, you’ll see the glow, that’s why I think its because of the boxes. I think were safe 🙂

  • Suman Gandham

    Eww, Blinkfeed… vomz-worthy.

    Definitely interested in HTC hardware, but they better release a GPE fairly soon after the regular device’s launch!

  • Jordan

    I hope on screen buttons means there wont be any bezel aside from those beautiful speakers.

    • LionStone

      Yea, hopefully no room for f’ed up Verizon logo!

  • dexy

    so good looking

    • grumpyfuzz

      Wow, nice pic, if that is real.

      • John Legere

        HTC OneS

    • Tyler Casilio

      I don’t know if I should get Silver or Black? Opinions anyone?

      • morteum

        Maybe you should wait for the colors to actually come out first.

        • Tyler Casilio

          Well yeah, but I don’t like colors. It’s either Silver or Black for me, and I’m assuming its the same aluminum Silver and Black as the htc One

      • alzeis

        I have the Black HTC One. I love the way it looks, however its a fingerprint magnet. Also if you drop it without the case or scratch it at all the metal shows through and it is very noticeable. The back of the phone also shows scratches from table tops something I didnt notice on the silver version. I am getting Silver this time around. None of this matters if you put a case on your phone however I feel like I bought an all metal phone for the feel not to cover it up with a case. Hope this helps

        • Tyler Casilio

          This actually 100% helped. I’m going with the Silver, that was my concern with the Black, and I feel like the design and the feel of the phone shouldn’t be covered up with a case, your right. Thank you very much, and I’m sure we will be enjoying our new HTC One+ very much

        • cizzlen

          The One looks extremely slick in Black but I’m just bored of the plain Silver on my phone. I’ve never dropped it, except the one time I handed it to my dumb ass brother. Scratches are noticeable no matter what but as long as you’re careful you’ll never have to deal with them. Your post helps greatly thanks for shining light on the color aspect.

          • E A butler

            Gimmie good old Samsung Plastic!!… Yes, I’m serious.

    • MichaelFranz

      would want this in a black/gunmetal color

  • Brad Fulton

    Nah

  • Spider210

    They had to move to on screen buttons so Verizon could fit their newly designed check mark on the bezel…forget BoomSound

    • Tyler Casilio

      They have a new design??

  • Orion

    So far all the leaks are looking pretty good.

  • Dave

    Heading in the right direction. Fix updates and 12-15 month device obsolescence. Beautiful hardware, but that’s not the whole package.

  • Guest

    You better watch out. You better not cry. You betteer not pout I’m telling you why. @tim242:disqus likes his icons the right size. Tim242 likes his icons the right size…… Tim242 likes his icons….. the right siiiizee…..

  • azygos

    the weather widget is too boring; needs to be more colorful like samsung’s or LG’s…

    • Chris

      on the HTc one It wont show up on the list of widgets, but if you search for it you can get the classic weather clock.

  • Tim242

    I can’t wait for HTC to fade away. HTC fanboys will get a big dose of reality.

    • Adrynalyne

      It just kills you that people like things that you don’t, doesn’t it?

      • Tim242

        It just kills you to stay out of other people’s business, doesn’t it?

        • Adrynalyne

          You posted on a public board and think you should be able to control who can reply.

          Classic.

          • Tim242

            Replying, and purposely being inflammatory are not the same. Flame on.

          • Adrynalyne

            Do you really think you were not being inflammatory?

          • Tim242

            By stating that I think the icons are hideous? The damn browser icon sticks out above the dock bar.

          • Adrynalyne

            Uh, no?

            You said, and I quote:

            “I can’t wait for HTC to fade away. HTC fanboys will get a big dose of reality.”

            Pretty inflammatory.

          • Tim242

            what ever man…… screw you

          • Billy Bob

            It’s not even off center!

          • Tim242

            The reason for that is obvious. Anybody that speaks an opinion against HTC gets down voted a gazillion times. Not that down votes count or matter…but it shows the childish mentality of HTC fanboys on this site..

          • Adrynalyne

            I think it shows downvotes trolls more than anything else. HTC has nothing to do with it.

          • Chris

            All this over an icon being off center? man…. some people…

          • Tyler Casilio

            Andddddddd I down vote you!

          • Tim242

            Right back at ya!

          • Guest

            You better watch out. You better not cry. You betteer not pout I’m telling you why. @tim242 likes his icons the right size. Tim242 likes his icons the right size…… Tim242 likes his icons….. the right siiiizee…..

          • Chris

            That was on another post. You created a whole new post to do nothing but complain and cause trouble.

          • Tim242

            The reason for that is obvious. Anybody that speaks an opinion against HTC gets down voted a gazillion times. Not that down votes count or matter…but it shows the childish mentality of HTC fanboys on this site.. So, yeah.

          • bionicwaffle

            I’m not an HTC fanboy. I’ve had two Moto Android phones, no HTC. I voted you down because you failed to provide any reasoning for your desire to see HTC die.

          • Adrynalyne’s mother

            Right on. you tell my son!

        • zigzag

          Funny: every time I look at DL posts about HTC, I only see negative comments (and more and more negative comments). So their “fanboys” seem pretty silent to me.

          I wouldn’t care except I am now done with Samsung (Galaxy Nexus was too buggy and I just don’t like the cheap feel of the S4). So it is either back to Motorola or try HTC. As I said, this is the first post in the last month where I have seen some HTC defenders appear. Until now, seemed about as bad as everyone complaining about the Moto X’s “low end” specs when that phone came out. Bottom line: I just want a new Android Phone that I can trust!

          • alzeis

            I have had HTC phones for a very long time. I love them. I did have a Note 2 when it first came out but only because I wanted a phone with a large screen. I currently use the HTC One and I love it, Im upgrading to either the M8 or maybe the One Max just because I like Phablets and 5.5 is at least what I want in my next phone.

    • nexusistheonlyphoneforme

      HTC needs to die a painfull death. How should they die?

      • Tim242

        No preference. It just needs to happen.

  • Google Nexus shampoo

    Sense does not make sense. I do not want to wiz on my touch…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    looks really similar to the touchwiz leaks.

    • Tyler Casilio

      Actually, otherway around. Seeing Sense 5.0 came with BlinkFeed over a year ago

  • Matthew

    @disqus_Ov0xXT7Yc4:disqus @tim242:disqus I want to sign up for T mobile service. How do I go about doing that?

  • middlehead

    On-screen buttons are the devil.

  • Nexusistheonlyphoneforme

    Why can’t HTC just die a painful death? Samsung… no MOTROLLA OR NEXUS phones should be the only phones allowed to run androids….. screw HTC, samsung and LG.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Take a deep breath.

    • Adrynalyne

      Because competition dying off has always led to a consumer win…

  • paul_cus

    Eh, dude’s girl is kinda cute.

    • Chris

      slight duck face. Not cool.

    • John Legere

      Too pale, and no meat on her bones it seems.

  • Carlos Lopez

    hopefully thats the blinkfeed page and not the background

    • Chris

      Like any android phone since the start. You can change the background.

  • Guest

    why!

    • Chris

      Why not?

  • Guest
  • JPfingsten

    Aww yiss!

  • jack

    Hopefully people can totally disable blinkfeed when they don’t need it or if they never use it at all

    • Chris

      You can in Sense 5.5

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I think that’s already a possibility in 5.5. So I would expect that going forward

  • hyperbeatser

    looks like blink feed is really baked into the background

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Sooo Long HTC…. So LONG I”VE LONGED FOR THOS ON SCREEN BUTTONS! Woo!

  • Tim242

    Terrible design. Those icons are ugly. Look at that atrocious browser icon…ugly and not sized correctly.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Those are the same icons from the HTC One. And it’s all personal opinion about icon style. I really like them

      • Tim242

        The look, I can agree is personal opinion. But, they should be proportionately sized.

        • Chris

          Not any different from these:

          • Tim242

            I’m not saying all icons should be the same size. But, they should at least fit in the dock bar. The HTC browser icon sticks out of the dock.

          • LionStone

            It fits fine little bro, remember you’re looking at a render/rumor pic.

    • Carlos Poblano

      The icons themselves look correctly sized with each other to me, but they look slightly too small for the UI overall.

      • Tim242

        The browser icon sticks up out of the dock bar.

        • Tyler Casilio

          I agree with you, but I noticed something when I looked really close. It looks like evleaks, when he made those transparent/blurry squares to hide what was written, it also covered the original Phone, Messaging, etc. icons. So he had to PShop and put those icons over the blocks so you could see it correctly. But if you look, he didn’t place them exactly where they are supposed to be, like if you look at the top part of the Phone icon, you can see behind it, that it looks like there is another Phone icon behind it, because he missed. So I think that when we actually see Sense 6.0 not from a leak the icons will line up, but on this leak I agree that they don’t. See what you think after reading this

    • Rodeojones000

      Good thing icons can easily be remedied with a 3rd party launcher and icon pack. Also, still not as ugly as anything you’d find on a Samsung device.

      • Tim242

        Keep telling yourself that.

        • Chris

          Touch wiz UI with gingerbread era design cues?

          • Tim242

            Personal preference. Good thing that can be changed, eh?

          • Matthew

            Mr @tim242:disqus Can please tell me how to sign up for T-mobile service. I asked Mr @disqus_Ov0xXT7Yc4:disqus but he ignore.

  • Such a nice change. Love how much closer OEMS are keeping to google design standard.

    It makes me even more excited to see what Samsung has planned for Touchwiz to comply better with KitKat

    • Chris

      Google standard. not a requirement.

  • hans

    OH Yeah 😀

  • Allen Byrd

    I actually really like this. I usually hate skins, but add HTC’s skin to the list of good ones! Well, not really a list, Moto has the only other good one.

    • Chris

      Sense has come a long way in the past two years.

    • Daniel Walsh

      I love Sense.

      • T4rd

        I love lamp.

    • Weber

      I wouldn’t really consider Moto to have a skin…

  • alamoe

    They really got people fooled with the whole onscreen button thing. If it doesn’t allow the bottom bezel to be tiny, whats the point?

    • Cael

      Sad to say I agree. Samsung pulled off making the S4 somewhat smaller than the S3 [with the One being similar in size despite the smaller screen.] Can HTC possibly do the same or did it get slightly bigger x.x

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        What’s up with this myth that the S4 was smaller than the S3? It really isn’t. I had both.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          It isn’t a myth. The S3 was 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and the S4 is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm. So they are the same length, but the S4 isn’t as wide nor as thick. A difference so small it would be hard to tell the difference, but the S4 is physically smaller.

        • ChristianHayden

          The gs4 is smaller in all but one factor, height which was the same. Its weight, width and thickness are all smaller than the gs3. How is that a myth?

          http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/14/samsung-galaxy-s-4-whats-changed/

          Here is hoping HTC pulls this off. If so I might just have to get it! Even if I hate skins, sense included. Love my gs4, but always run aosp on it to avoid CrapWiz

    • Philip J. Fry

      Nobody is fooled, it’s just something we like.

      • alamoe

        Well then why do people always say “Onscreen buttons mean they can make the bezel smaller” when they talk about the benefits?

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well, they can make the bezel smaller with on screen buttons. The bezel would be even larger if they added hardware buttons and boom sound speakers..

          • alamoe

            I get what you’re saying. But, so far the phones I’ve seen with the smallest bezels also have hardware buttons. So nobody is really taking advantage of the supposed benefits of onscreen buttons.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I don’t know, the LG G2 and Nexus 5 have some pretty small Bezels. What phone with hardware buttons would you say has smaller?

          • JMonkeYJ

            G2 and MotoX have the smallest bezels and both have on-screen buttons…

    • Chris

      I’m sure the “bottom bezel” will house the boom sound speakers..

  • John Legere

    Oh god no. Google intervene!

    • matthew

      Can you please tell me how to sign up for T mobile service. You CEO. You know.

      • John Legere

        Snap your fingers

    • Tyler Casilio

      I’m thinking you’ll be able to customize BlinkFeed now to how you want it to look. If that’s the case, I’m sure there are many more colors to pick from.

  • Alisan_C

    How hard is it to photoshop? Or how easy is it? I mean the only diff is that evleaks shared it. Even tho he isn’t always right

    • samosa queen

      Ummm do you have proof that he is wrong? He is 99% right with his leaks so your opinion is invalid.

      • Cael

        Didn’t he say the Nexus 5 wasn’t a Nexus 5 but it was a Nexus 5?

        • Chris

          what?

          • Cael

            he said the lg d820/821 (may have the numbers wrong) wasnt a nexus but a g2 variant. he later backtracked cause he was wrong and it was the nexus 5.

      • Alisan_C

        Lol 99%, more likely 30-55% ratio… You should follow him and see for yourself before telling me he’s 99% of the cases right lmao 99%

        • samosa queen

          I do follow him and his leaks have been very accurate.

          • Alisan_C

            Like i said 30-55, nog 99…

          • Alisan_C

            Yea Def his Samsung Galaxy s4 was the best

    • Chris

      Well we’ll see once the product launches.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      He has pretty solid credibility. Which is why most of the techblogs report when he posts something. He post things no one else has so he obviously has connections.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Love it. So glad to see the buttons gone!

  • Bret Smith

    What is making the back green though? The device wallpaper?

    • Allen Byrd

      That’s probably it, but maybe Sense is including some new customization stuff, similar to the background colors of Windows 8. That would be pretty cool.

    • chris_johns

      maybe u can select theme color?…or maybe it changes to match the pictures on blink feed like those ambience tvs used to do…just some thoughts

  • samosa queen

    Transparent dick could prove that it runs Android 4.4 – KitKat?

    • samosa queen

      *dock

      • John Legere

        You can edit the comment, lol

        • howitzerr

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          • Philip J. Fry

            What a slut

      • I read this 4 times trying to figure out what you meant lol

      • flosserelli

        Freudian slip? 😉

    • Frisi

      No, but I like the idea…

    • Philip J. Fry

      That’s something I DON’T want on my phone. Lol

      • Frisi

        You KNOW you want them.

      • If they’re transparent, THEY COULD ALREADY BE THERE.

        • Philip J. Fry

          Haha!

      • kashtrey

        Or God forbid, in my phone.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      There’s no reason this wouldn’t run KitKat

    • Chris

      Why wouldn’t it run Kit Kat?

  • chris_johns

    nice…htc just gained a bunch of points in my book

    • Maxim∑

      lol for finally including on screen buttons?

      groundbreaking

      • chris_johns

        How about correct button placement and yes on screen is a must in my book for a phone if you dont agree your opinion but i wont go back to physical capacitive buttons on an adroid phone

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        to each their own. But I do love that they follow stock android, even if it’s little by little

  • Tony Byatt
  • miri

    Nice. Seeing all these pretty, minimalist skins are making me happy that I’m waiting out my contract instead of jumping on the Nexus 5 bandwagon.

    • Allen Byrd

      I don’t know, man. Stock Android is still better imo, and it gets updated faster.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It does get updated faster. But better? I dunno skins have come a long way, especially HTC.

        • EdubE24

          I remember I couldn’t wait to get the Incredible to get that super sweet clock widget!!

    • Hobie Helbich

      Honestly, I think that Sense is the only skin worth anything… TouchWiz is awful (although the leaks of their new UI look very pretty- although still boat-tastic I’m sure). Stock Android is still better though. Especially if you have Xposed and/or an AOSP based custom ROM. BTW- I don’t count the Moto X as having a skin.

  • samosa queen

    HTC is finally stepping up its game. This looks very nice!

    • Maxim∑

      looks like the new touchwiz potentially coming

      • Chris

        lol

    • T4rd

      I thought they stepped up their game significantly with the One. This is more incremental.. which is still certaintly a good thing.

      • Chris

        Its an improvement over the one. It shows HTC is no longer monkeying around like they did in the past.

        • T4rd

          Alternate response for you: HTC was no longer monkeying around with the One. This is more incremental.. which is still certaintly a good thing. =p

          • Chris

            No. With everything in General. The One has only been out a year.

            I’m talking about their products in the past. Having the same model every few months.

          • T4rd

            Yeah.. they stopped making the same model every few months when the One came out. No more variations of the same phone (Rezound/Amaze/Sensation/Evo 3D or One X/Evo LTE, etc.). The One was on every carrier and was a complete departure from their previous flagships in terms of hardware and software design. Doesn’t get any less “monkeying around” than that. This next phone is doing the same thing the One did with newer specs and soft-nav buttons, so it’s an incremental update.

          • Chris

            We will see when the product launches.

            But they did do some monkeying around last year. One mini, one max.

          • Aaron

            They can’t only have one model. Sorry about the pun. But having three distinct models, each offering appreciable differences, is much better than their previous strategy.

      • kashtrey

        I’d say this is a nice and significant change on the software end. Blinkfeed here, looks actually quite nice and refined.

    • Noel

      They did step it up last year but failed to step up the aggressive marketing of the HTC One…hope that is different with the M8. Something I noticed on the just announced Desire 700…removable batteries and micro SD expansion… I really hope they include both on the M8. Will be cool and a point of sale if they incorporate dual boot..Pure Android and Android with Htc Sense.

    • michael arazan

      “Only now, at the end, do you realize it is too late” —-Emperor Palpatine

  • Samvelavich

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Awwwwww yeah!

  • donbenny

    ugly

    • samosa queen

      How so?

    • Chris

      Doctor said the same about you when you were born

  • samosa queen

    They look like they can be hidden as well! I really hope this is an actual feature. 😀 Full screen mode with no buttons is very nice.