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Thank You, HTC, for Finally Figuring Out That Changing Wallpapers Shouldn’t be the Most Painful Process on Earth

I almost can’t believe it, but my eyes do not deceive me. HTC, in Sense 6 on the new One (M8), has finally realized that changing the wallpaper on your phone, shouldn’t make you want to stab your eye out. I know this probably seems like such a non-story to many, but if you have ever used an HTC product for more than a couple of minutes at a time, you’ll know what I mean. 

Their Sense skin, while good in some ways, has removed far too many standard Android actions over the years. I’m not saying that changing it up is always a bad thing, but HTC, for no apparent reason that any reasonable person can understand, likes to do things to Android that go against standards that have been there since the beginning of time. Take for example how HTC decided to ruin the simple task of moving an app from the app drawer to the home screen to the dock in Sense 5, when initially launched on the original One. They have fixed it for the most part through updates, but man, was that painful for months.

And then you have the point of this post, which comes down to making wallpaper changing harder than it should have ever been. Let me just ask you – how do you change the wallpaper on your non-HTC phone? I’ll give you a minute. You long press the home screen, then choose “change wallpaper” from the pop-up, right? It’s that way on every phone. It’s a standard action.

Before Sense 6, HTC asked that you pull down your notification bar, tap a Settings icon, scroll to find the “Personalize” section in Settings, tap it, then tap “Wallpaper,” and then choose the wallpaper source before setting the size you’d like. A long press on a home screen in Sense 5 would only open up  your widgets adding menu. Don’t believe me? HTC’s own support page for changing wallpapers has those exact steps listed out.

In Sense 6 on the new One (M8), they finally made the long-press give you a menu with options, one of which is a “Home screen wallpaper” selector. Good job, HTC.

/end personal random story-rant.


  • To be fair if you have the multitasking button remapped to be the menu button (it’s in settings, nothing to do with custom ROMs) you can just press that, and you get options for personalize, wallpapers, manage apps, and settings.

  • tu3218

    I miss being able to change my font on my moto X. I guess you could say only feature I miss from my S4. I’m not rooted or unlocked and on verizon.

    • Nikuliai

      I would say to you to try Nova but AFAIK you can’t do it there either, it’s still better than stock (at least to me), the X has a pretty decent launcher but it lacks customization (and the ability to add or remove screens)

  • afazel

    For the HTC One when it was first released, it made Sense to have an extra step to drag a shortcut to the homescreen, because you could create folders in the app drawer. I actually prefer that to having to dig into a menu to create a folder.

  • Simon Belmont

    Yeah. This always annoyed me, and I actually couldn’t believe it still worked that way on Sense 5.0 (and 5.5) on my wife’s HTC One.

    Really glad to see this finally pulled to the foreground and made easier to access. Such an obvious change and my wife’s 2013 HTC One should benefit from it and Sense 6.0 in a few months.

    • Daistaar

      How is Maria?

      • Simon Belmont

        Ha. I’ll let you know when you let me know who Maria is.

        That isn’t my wife’s name. That’s for sure.

        • Daistaar

          Sorry lol. It’s been a long time since I’ve engaged the Belmont’s. Last outting was with Alucard lol.

          • Simon Belmont

            Hahaha, no worries, man (I like it when people reference my name). I kinda wondered if you meant Maria Renard (Richter Belmont’s sister) from Dracula X and Symphony of the Night.

            I assume she’s doing well. Haha.

  • jnt

    Couldn’t agree more. One of the first things I noticed. So far this device is incredibly impressive. Even the camera – despite some reviewers rants.

  • LTEasy

    whats a good custom launcher?

    • Chris

      Sense haters are so sensitive.

    • Daistaar

      Touchwiz lol.

    • Stone Cold


  • flosserelli

    This is off topic but the M8 camera sucks. Describing it as “adequate” would be a compliment. I messed with one at Verizon, and it is no better than my Note 2 camera (which is nothing to brag about). Everything else about the M8 is impressive, but anyone looking for exceptional photo capabilities should look elsewhere. I was so stoked about this phone, but now I am scratching my head wondering why HTC failed to address one of the major shortcomings of the previous model.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Will it finally make the Moto X camera look like a winner?!! 😀

      • flosserelli

        Yep, I think it will.

        • Chris

          Till its successor cones around.

      • Chris

        At least for kellen.

    • Chris

      Early models and the fact that you took a picture in a low light room

      • flosserelli

        First, it wasn’t a low light room. I was standing under multiple lights and about 20 feet away from the front wall of glass. Secondly, isn’t low light supposed to be the One’s forte? The photos definitely did not support that notion.

        • Chris

          Well regardless. It’s still an early model and you have yet to take it outside in the bright daylight to see how it handles there.

          • flosserelli

            I agree it is still early, and HTC may (hopefully) release a firmware update to improve things. But I take about half of my photos indoors under similar lighting conditions, and I must admit I am very disappointed by the M8 camera so far. Everything else about the phone is fantastic. But if taking photos with your phone is a top priority, then there are better options.

    • uzo ufondu

      Uhhh…Note 2 camera is nothing to brag about?? It may be almost two years old, but the Note 2 camera is still amazing!! It may not be the best right now, but it still performs admirably.

      Or maybe I just typed up all that only forit to turn out that you mean that the camera on a 2014 phone being on par with the camera on a 2012 phone is nothing to brag about. #ambiguity

      • flosserelli

        Yes, I was implying the latter. The camera on a 2014 flagship phone should destroy one from 2012, but it simply doesn’t in this case.

      • Nikuliai

        and which one is the better? wanna compare notes on that

    • BTLS

      That is so disappointing, especially going into the 2nd Q of 2014… Just thought by now that every phone camera would be near point n shoot digital camera levels, which are down in sales because of smartphones.

      Other than the G2, what phones top the camera category? I should know this, but then again it seems like all I read are negatives for all of them…

      • flosserelli

        G2, Sony Z2, Note 3

    • Eric R.

      I just hope the Note 4 will have a better camera than the S5

    • Daistaar

      You mean to tell me they put in 3 cameras and couldn’t get even one right? For shame!

      • flosserelli

        Actually I was impressed with the front shooter, for what it was designed to do. But yeah, HTC totally dropped the ball on the back camera. I applaud them for trying to offer something unique with the secondary lens, but I can’t see myself using the adjustable focus or pseudo-3D effect much. I would have much preferred a single camera that did a stellar job taking photos in all environments, rather than two mediocre ones.

    • jnt

      I thought this as well when I tested it out in the store yesterday. But actually having one in hand today and using it in some normal scenarios… it’s actually really really good. It’s definitely more than adequate (though I guess that depends on your general usage). It’s incredibly fast – I can’t state that enough. I don’t think it’s near as “bad” as some reviewers are stating, and definitely improved over the M7. So far, I’d take it over the X any day just b/c it’s so much faster and feels easier to use and is more consistent.

      • flosserelli

        I was definitely impressed with the camera’s speed. But the quality of the images were disappointing. I would still qualify the M8 photos as merely adequate, especially considering the photos you can get on other devices. You really have virtually no room for zooming in before you start to see a grainy, pixelated mess. I took photos of the same objects from the same distances with the M8 and my Note 2, and other than differences in color temperature, the photos were pretty similar. In fact, I could zoom in the Note 2 photos with less graininess. I guess that is the tradeoff of the UltraPixel.

  • MistaButters

    Now if only they could figure out how to make a decent keyboard….

    • Chris

      That’s where 3rd party keyboards like swift key come in

      • MistaButters

        Regardless, their keyboard has been unusable for over 2 years now. Every phone since the One X has had a laggy, slow, error prone keyboard that makes the phone look like crap. It’s unacceptable. Sure, you can switch keyboards, but it shouldn’t be a necessity just to use the phone without wanting to spike it into the ground.

  • cizzlen

    As you know Kellex, we’re gonna have to ask you about that wallpaper in the background.

    • spearman792

      Looks like it has the blurring effect that Muzei offers. If that’s the case, then he might not remember which photo that is (I have Muzei set to change my wallpaper every 3 hours. Once it’s gone, it’s gone haha)

  • Bionicman

    cool. though since i started using MUZEI, i just let my wallpaper change automatically everyday

  • Rudy

    That font is beautiful

    • MacNificent

      I can’t font
      I love it too

      • pc jona

        i see what you did there. d(-_-)b

    • ddpacino

      Is that Roboto?

      • It’s Roboto’s older cousin, Helvetica.

        • ddpacino

          Isn’t that the font the iPhone (Mac OSX, even?) uses, and needs to be licensed? Just making sure I’m educated on the subject.

          • Either HTC got the license or it’s public domain. I’m not super sure.

    • Eric R.

      Ugly, looks like iOS 7

      • TylerCameron

        iOS 7 looks pretty damn beautiful…
        Que downvotes and accusations of me being just a fanboi.. .-.

        • Nikuliai

          well you kinda failed at it… disqus is not showing downvotes anymore 😛

    • TJWaterskier

      Typeface. [Font : Typeface :: MP3 : Song] Font is the container, Typeface is the appearance/characteristics.

  • JRomeo

    This is why Stock android is always better.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      There are a lot of better features on skins than stock android. If you want as simple as possible, that’s what Stock is about.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        In this context, “better” is highly subjective.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Everything opinion based is subjective.

    • Tyler

      “This is why custom launchers are always better. ” I fixed that for you.

    • Troof

      People with this “I’m an Android purist” attitude make me laugh.

      • ddpacino

        Why? His preference is wrong..?

        • jnt

          It’s his preference obviously – but the attitude *some* people have along with it – it’s very isheep-ish.

          • ddpacino

            You can sign me up as a Nexus fanboy too. That’s all I’d ever use, and my first option to anyone asking me what they should get.

      • Azn_Android

        I agree. Such an elitist attitude. I’ve been liking the android fanbase less and less because of how divided and obnoxious the community is starting to become.

        • chris125

          Getting as bad as apple users bashing android. It’s all android, be happy you have choice and let people choose what they want. Not everyone wants plain old stock android. The skins add useful features.

    • Chris

      Right. Because they fixed this in sense 6

      Plus android is about choice and yet you go off running around demanding everyone use nexus phones and stock android

    • cizzlen

      Oh look, another Stock android is always better post. Yeah just look at the Nexus phones that everyone’s buying.

    • michael arazan

      Almost, except for camera software. But I have not seen the Nexus 5 camera software yet.

  • MichaelFranz

    Lol, i love the closing line. That was my initial thought when i read the title of this article. “This might be a personal rant on the part of Kellex. Let’s see what this is all about”

  • Well Kellex, you can’t say you never asked 🙂

  • PoisonApple31

    Now that they got the wallpaper down, maybe they’ll start hiring a marketing team that’ll make the phone desirable to the masses.

    • K

      What’s wrong with “blah blah blah”?

      • KingofPing

        It’s a little blah…

    • Nikuliai

      blahsk the internblah

  • DJyoSNOW