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HTC BlinkFeed Will be Available to Non-HTC Devices Soon

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Tucked away in the HTC One (M8) press release yesterday, the company announced that BlinkFeed would seen not be a Sense UI exclusive. Thanks to the “popularity” of BlinkFeed, the service will be pushed to Google Play for other Android devices to use it, not just the lineup of One devices. As you know, the press release is a little late – HTC put BlinkFeed on Google Play the night before the One (M8) was announced.

With HTC’s push to move many of their proprietary services to Google Play, much like Motorola has done with the introduction of the Moto X, the company can now update the software and apps without having to send out a full system update OTA.

Here is the tidbit from yesterday’s press release of the M8.

Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.

No exact date is given for its launch on other devices outside of the new One, but it is currently available on Google Play for M8 owners.

We know this news will make Kellen happy, but does anyone else feel like running BlinkFeed on their non-HTC devices?

  • QPHALO

    Cool, I actually miss having blink feed. If only I could also get those front facing speakers too for my note 3.

  • John Kitchen

    I have a single home screen with folders in the dock and a 4×4 Press widget right now. Please give me a Blinkfeed Launcher.

  • Elmer Fudd

    The one feature that prevented me from purchasing what is otherwise an excellent phone. And now it’s available to install and annoy? Pass. However, HTC if you decide to include an option to disable this “feature”, then we’ll talk. The Android experience is about customization. Not your idea of what my experience should be.

    • John Kitchen

      Dude you could disable Blinkfeed since mid 2013

      • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

        u made me chuckle lol

  • Dan Bradford

    Yayyy! This gives us choice! If you don’t like it, then don’t get it. But we now can get Sense even if we don’t have an HTC device!

  • LionStone

    Ever since 4.2 on my DNA, I switched from Nova back to Sense launcher for BlinkFeed. I miss it on my N5, Google Now isn’t the same. I like that the scroll is continuous now with 6th Sense, the page scroll on Pre 6 Sense is the only thing I don’t really like.

  • Grizzy

    I used to think BlinkFeed was a personal servant who would feed me every time I blinked. Now I’ll be able to actually find out what it is.

  • Kevin McDole

    I can finally start using my Nexus 7! In all seriousness.

  • JMonkeYJ

    There’s a good chance I’d use BlinkFeed as a widget, but I don’t want an entire launcher replacement, if that’s what the app they released on Play is…

  • Brady Wassam

    I will run it. This is a great idea for them! They soon can get people using their software without having to purchase their devices first. I am currently on a Samsung trip, but would consider using this to try BlinkFeed, then maybe get an M8? I have an upgrade at the end of April and so who knows what I’ll do?

  • miri

    This could be pretty great. After getting a Moto X, I prefer having Google Now separate from the launcher and would rather have an integrated social feed.

  • Shadowstare

    I tweet @JasonMacHTC this morning about blinkfeed compatibility. Currently, its only compatible with Sense 6.0. If this is true going forward, this is a really smart move by HTC.

  • Jpx

    This is how android should be, I understand exclusives are what makes you want to go out and buy that particular phone. But the idea of getting functionality from the OEM instead of just 3rd party is exactly how it should be. I wouldn’t even mind them putting a price on it. I most likely wont get it, because google now is all I need, but its great to see support like this. Good job HTC

  • Droid Ronin

    Now if only Samsung would do the same for Milk Music.

    • The Narrator

      No

  • yahyoh

    meh….i really dont care

  • Droid Ronin

    I think this is nice that they are providing BlinkFeed to non HTC devices so others can get a taste of it. If you don’t want it, then don’t download it.

    • JoshGroff

      Having owned quite a few HTC devices, blinkfeed and the camera quality were the only things I missed going to the Moto X. Now throw in a Wacom digitizer and 6″ screen and there’d be no reason for me to want another device.

    • michael arazan

      HTC also announced BlinkFeed is open to all developers to do with as they please.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Ahhh… remember the day when BlinkFeed was announced first and the internet lost its collective s#!t?

  • Pratik Holla

    Wish Nova would Integrate something like this. I know its not for everyone, but could be useful with a swipe to the right bringing it up

  • JohnBergman

    I keep trying to switch to other launchers but I am in the same boat as Kellen. I hate that I love BlinkFeed and keep coming back to it. It works so well and makes the device look good, too.

  • terry12s

    I’ll try it out

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    I’d try it, just to see what it’s like. But I’m pretty happy with my current homescreen setup.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I’m glad they’re moving this to the playstore. This might mean HTC will be able to update their Android versions faster now. They were definitely paying attention to what Google and Motorola had done on this one.

  • Milind Shah

    I love how people below are talking about it being bloat. The thing is, it might be for someone and it won’t be for many others…there are some people (kellen for example) who will use it and I also will at least give it a try

  • Johnny Steele

    Exciting stuff. Blinkfeed was my reason to get the HTC One…I guess I will stick with Samsung?

  • Tony Byatt
  • Austin_tacious

    I’d try it. But I doubt iI’d keep it.

  • hackthis02

    Oh good, I can finally download bloatware from other phones now!

    • ddpacino

      Is it bloatware if it’s not preinstalled…? Friend’s asking.

  • gishump

    HTC, if you are reading this, I’d gladly shell out $10 to have your sense music player app made for “non-HTC phones”. Running Google play ROM on my m7 and Google play music app doesn’t come close to the sense music app in terms of polish and style.

  • Steve B

    Is BlinkFeed a full launcher or just the news portion?

    • panicswhenubered

      It’s kind of like a prettier Google Now feed that you can customize more.

      • panicswhenubered

        Or the bastard child of Google Now and Flipboard.

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    I would try it.

  • dk1golf

    I’m with Kellen – I like BlinkFeed.

  • Tony Byatt

    It must be Kellen’s birthday…

  • MichaelFranz

    i’ll give it a shot, just not sure if i will actually like it or not. I want the new one simply for its build quality. Not sure there is much else i like about it at the moment

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I want the gold one so bad

  • The Narrator

    So i can try their camera app with a higher mp camera. Awesome.

    • Milind Shah

      What? This is their launcher being released

      • The Narrator

        They are also releasing Zoe

      • tylerc23

        No lol I don’t know where they’re getting this from

  • brkshr

    I like the direction HTC has been taking

  • epps720

    YES!! Miss not having blinkfeed on my G2

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Blinkfeed is okay, but I didn’t care much for it. I’m happy I can remove it from the homescreen now. . . . . and DAT Rose Gold is starting to grab my attention!

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    So the worst part about the UI is now available on other phones, great!

  • Bob G

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Oh wait, I don’t have to get it. Hooray Android!

  • Damian

    I’m assuming it’ll be an app versus a launcher that’ll let you swipe to the right?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Probably a full screen widget….? That would probably made the most sense.

      • Damian

        Sense…..I see what you did there

      • Steve B

        That’s a very Sensible assumption…

  • Curtis

    I’ll try it out, but it probably won’t stick! Nothing against Blink Feed I’ve just gotten comfortable using Feedly.