The HTC One's BlinkFeed and new Sense 5.0 features in video: First Look
First Look: The HTC One's BlinkFeed and new Sense 5.0 features in video3:21 /
We get our hands on the new version of HTC's Sense software, to talk you through the most exciting new apps and tweaks.
-Hello, I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here to lunch the HTC One. We're gonna take a look at some of this phone's software treats as well as some of the new features of HTC Sense 5.0. Let's see what's new. All right, so in terms of new software, the first thing to talk is what HTC is calling Blink Feed. Now, when you unlock the phone as I've just done is what you see here is this mosaic style tile, very colorful, very brightly colored, at least new story social feeds. This thing pulls in for new sites including CNET. It also pulls in Facebook updates, things like that. The idea of being right on your home screen, you've got very, very quick access to a couple of new stories that you're gonna want to read if you're just looking on things in a hurry. This is very customized pull as well. You can see if I tap it this here I can choose the topics and services that I want. So, here are individual new sources. If I pop over to [unk], if you're interested in design or gaming or music, then you can choose now those things populating your Blink Feed. Actually, when you pop in to one of these, it doesn't take you to the browser, instead it opens it here. The bad news is HTC told me that these things won't cache offline, so will need an internet connection to read these stories at least for now. If you want to share a story, there are host of options at your disposal including Dropbox, e-mail, Google+, or Twitter. If you hold down on the home for a moment, then it takes to a Google search. This might be Google Now once the phone gets the software update. You can actually use the HTC One as an infrared remote control. When you send the signal to your TV, you'll see this red flash at the top, which let's you know the signal has been sent. Finally, let's about HTC's Zoe camera. So, the Zoe camera takes burst mode photo so that you can select the best of a series still from a short video, but once you got into the actual gallery itself, you got this rather interesting view here. So, if tap the events of today, you can see all of the photos and videos that were taken today mashed up into one 30-second video. The other thing happens automatically and it looks quite fun and it creates a clip that you could very, very quick share to Facebook. Imagine something like Apple's iMovie, but with very little efforts on your part. If you're familiar with the app Flipboard, then there'll be no surprises here, but I do [unk] done and I do think this is quite an attractive interface. Hopefully, it won't something that you want to delete straight away and it will actually keep you entertained in those moments of boredom. Even when you're looking up link page, you get access to key Android apps along the bottom here by this launch, and if you swipe to the right, then you get a home screen and it all starts to look a bit more like the Android that you're probably used to. The app interface is being given a bit a redesign as well. You can see HTC's famous weather widget now has a minimalist monochrome style and this absolute a little bit more spaced than they did previously. Something that's bound to rock the world of Android fans around the world is that HTC has this one of the touch sensitive keys from underneath the screen. So, on the right here, you have a home button. On the other side, you have FAQ, but HTC has ditched the multitasking key. So, how do you multitask now? Well, it's not too much tricker. You have to double tap this home button and that brings out a list of your most recently used apps. If you hold down on the home for a second, you got access to a Google search. Okay, there you have it. Those are the most interesting new software features with this phone. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET., and this guy is the HTC One.