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Mar
blinkfeed

Come on HTC, save some surprises for the event! We're mere hours away from the announcement for the new HTC One and the nuggets keep rolling in. This time it's a pair of fresh-faced apps on the Play Store: BlinkFeed Launcher and the HTC Service Pack. At present, both apps are incompatible with the HTC One released in 2013, suggesting they may either be intended exclusively for the m8 or Sense 6, or HTC is restricting downloads until after the event. We'll have to wait and see.

Update #1: SenseTV is now up as well.

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HTC BlinkFeed

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HTC Service Pack

The screenshots match up with those we've seen in the past, so there's not much to learn from them. However, the description for BlinkFeed does confirm that it will sport an Offline Reading mode that caches content over WiFi. Also, notice the BlinkFeed screenshots conveniently cover up the navigation buttons, but the Service Pack left them open for the world to see.

The existence of these apps on the Play Store is the biggest news of all. It indicates that HTC will be following in the footsteps of Google and Motorola by updating stock apps without resorting to full firmware OTAs. Hooray!!!

That's all there is to say for now, but more will surely come when HTC officially unveils it's latest flagship tomorrow!

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • DJ SPY

    I want this for my Moto X.

    • CaptainD

      Me too! How long before this gets ported I wonder?

      • Shrome Khanna

        HTC Sense apps are incredibly hard to port since they're framework dependent, so there's a very low chance you'll ever see this on your Moto X

        • The Maverick

          thats a shame i was a big fan of blinkfeed.

        • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC

          It's not that hard to port apps that are framework dependent you know,if you know HTC system apps and structure well + have a knowledge in apktool and apk's you can do it ;)

        • Shaunak

          Most probably no extra stuff will be needed to port, as this one is marked as compatible with Google Play Edition HTC One too, that doesnt even have any Sense elements.

          • James

            Actually, I think it *does* have some Sense elements (you couldn't have known that when you posted, before the announcements today). At the very least the API for the camera is in the GPE rom so that the image quality is equal to the stock rom.

      • Thejus
  • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

    at least its better than touchwiz?

  • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

    The "Service Pack" is listed as compatible with my HTC EVO 3D (whatever it does).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Are you using a custom ROM or any mods?

      • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

        Actually, yes, a CyanogenMod 11 port.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          Hmm, somebody probably did something goofy with the build.prop.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          CM frequently shows up as compatible when it's not meant to be, not sure why.

    • Sulejman kadunic’

      could you please download the 3 apps ( blinkfeed,service pack,zoe) and upload them to cloud storage so that we can enjoy too ;)

      • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

        Only the Service Pack is compatible, and I'm afraid it's useless for us (no one figured out what it does until now, it's probably a dependency for the other apps I can't download).

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Looks like a cluttered mess.

  • Omar Feliciano

    Each have over 50+ download so someone is able to download them.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I looked at that, too. These could have been made available first through the Alpha/Beta channels, or even through private distribution. Those are almost certainly just the testing devices that were sent out prior to launch. You know, where all of those leaks came from. ;)

      • Omar Feliciano

        Yeah could be. BTW I will edit my build.prop to see what happens.

  • jadeboy7

    HTC SenseTV also appears to be a new app on the Play Store. It's their IR remote app. Link is here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.htc.videohub.ui

    • Matt Pankey

      That looks like a nice remote app.

    • http://everythingmob.bogspot.com/ Jean Bassil

      Could anybody please upload it to any cloud storage, as it doesn't support my country (Lebanon) and many other regions.

  • Olivier Gafner

    Apk anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I'm going to assume that the HTC Service Pack is similar to their Framework so that they are able to release their individual apps onto the Play Store such as HTC SenseTV for Google Play Edition devices and also to update Sense devices without the need for an OTA update. I've been able to download Service Pack and SenseTV on my HTC One GPE and they both work fine.

  • Gaurav Arora

    Sony and Samsung, we're looking at you now.

    Only if all of these companies (including Google) open their launchers to the rest of us.

    • Ivan Myring

      I think Sony has pushed a couple of apps to the play store. Might be wrong though

      • The Maverick

        yes they for example some of their camera features like timeshift burst, also their walkman and smart connections apps, these are the ones i can recall.

    • Guest

      I don't think there would be a long line of people waiting to install Touchwiz in their phones. For the rest of Samsung Apps I believe at this moment their strategy is to create a Samsung enviroment available only in their line of products.

      • Gaurav Arora

        You'd be surprised by how many people actually like that ugly launcher :P I kinda want their dialer app, that swipe to call feature is very useful.

  • Anthony Johnson

    I think nothing left for HTC to reveal anything new in today’s
    event of releasing their all new HTC one or M8 as everything from dual sense
    camera, wireless charging compatibility, Sense 6.0 is already leaked. Now the
    apps like Blink Feed Launcher and Service pack apps are also leaked. What’s
    next? Nothing according to me!

  • Mayor

    Hate. Every phone sucks.
    (now Plz up vote my comment).

  • NurviantoBayusuputra

    I remember HTC Elevate saying something about bringing BlinkFeed as a separate app or something, cus some guy complained that he can't use BlinkFeed if he uses 3rd party launcher.

  • troph

    The idea behind this is to get updates out fast. At HTC the software updates are done early, however, various carriers like to put their own software on top. This translates to late updates for customers. This is an effort to bring updates as quickly as possible to customers. Also allows for small bug fixes without pushing out a full new upgrade.

  • Daniel

    HTC Gallery also appears on Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.htc.album

  • Rick Jagger

    i have an HTC one GPE and the only apps it will allow me to install are the TV one (which is great as I missed this after changing to GPE) and the service pack ..blinkfeed and gallery are incompatible with my device :(

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    Why on my Nexus 5 not available? how to make it work?

  • Matt McNair

    I have an AT&T One and not a single one of these updates are compatible. WTH?

  • Naumaan Ahmad

    will you please provide the blinkfeed apk files here

    thanks

  • Saiprasad Prabhu

    Apk please

  • vyktorsouza

    it's awesome that they're using the transparent bars, I wanna try it because of that
    when will the lessor Samsung?

  • jack galler

    Awesome! I hope all the other manufacturers will follow suit. *cough* Samsung *cough*

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Any luck with side loading on non HTC One devices?

  • alfreduran

    Hi! My question is... Will be compatible with others androids devices? Example----> my Nexus 5 D820. Best regards!

  • Hung. Nguyen

    Can anybody here share alternative download link please!!

  • Naumaan Ahmad

    APK please

  • Datta Bhalerao

    Hi,

    Can anyone please provide direct link to apk as I am not able to download from playstore as its says your device is not compatible (I have HTC One X). Also the playbook links are not working.....

  • Diones Fagundes

    Não consigo baixar pela playstore, pois meu aparelho não é compatível, alguém tem o link do apk?

  • Dylan

    Can this be downloaded on to a Moto X?? Please help!!!

  • Naumaan Ahmad

    Apk Please ?

  • Ocie

    Apk link please