HTC Device Owners, Prepare to See “Promotions” in BlinkFeed

Back in May, a report surfaced that HTC was attempting to implement paid promotions (aka ads) into BlinkFeed. Today, that news becomes official, as the company has announced the changes being made in a post on its website.

In the post, HTC goes over everything you need to know about what is changing inside BlinkFeed, but basically, users in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Taiwan, and China will see a limited amount of paid promotions from companies such as Yahoo!, Twitter, and HTC itself. These promotions will showcase useful and exciting applications you can download, as well as new accessories from HTC.  (more…)

HTC Sense Home Replaces Blinkfeed on Google Play, Brings Themes to One M8 (Updated)

This morning, HTC pushed an update to its Blinkfeed app on Google Play that introduces a new name to the product (it’s now called Sense Home), along with a couple of features that were supposed to be big selling points for the yet-to-be-released HTC One M9. We are talking themes, a theme store, and HTC’s Sense Home widget, all in the update.  (more…)

One More Leak: Here is HTC’s Full List of One (M8) Features That are About to be Announced

In under 20 minutes, HTC will tell you everything you are about to read on this two cards. Yes, this is one final “All New HTC One” leak before things get official.

The feature sheets include everything from the leaks, so none of it is necessarily new. We are seeing mentions of BoomSound, new BlinkFeed, Duo Camera with UFocus and Zoe, Motion Launch (off-screen gestures), Sense 6, and the new Dot View Cases. Each item has a description and way to “try it out” listed, so if you had any questions as to how these things will work, now you know.

The bottom of the sheet below also lists out the official specs.

Yep, there you go.  (more…)

HTC Follows Motorola’s Lead With Software Updates, Adds Key Apps to Play Store

Over night, HTC pushed live to Google Play a whole bunch of apps for the “All New HTC One” that will be announced in under two hours at events in London and NYC. The apps are BlinkFeed, Gallery, SenseTV, Service Pack, and a companion app for their Fetch accessory. The story isn’t the apps, though, it’s what this move means for HTC devices going forward.  (more…)

Latest Fitbit Update Adds MobileTrack and BlinkFeed Badges for “All New HTC One”

So, Fitbit rolled out an update today for its Android app. You now have a widget for your activity goal, design updates, and support for simplified and traditional Chinese. But that’s not the story here — looking through the update’s changelog, we also have “Adds MobileTrack for All New HTC One” and “Adds ability to view badges in BlinkFeed for HTC devices running Sense 6.0+.” What does this mean? (more…)