Well-deserved kudos go to HTC for launching its new flagship, the HTC One (M8)
, only hours after its official announcement. After all, having to wait for a hot new gadget to be released can make even the most patient geeks pretty restless. And we'd even bet that some of our readers have already ordered theirs and are now waiting for it to be delivered to their doorsteps. Well, for them, and for all who are planning on picking up an all new HTC One (M8) in the near future, we've put together a list of ten things you should do with your phone after you get it. Think there's something missing? Let us know down in the comments!
10 things you should do with your HTC One (M8)
10 things you should do with your HTC One (M8)
1. Say hello to BlinkFeed
BlinkFeed, HTC's news and social network feed aggregator, is among the unique attributes of the Sense 6.0 user interface. And you'll either like it or not, depending on how addicted you are to Facebook, Twitter, and the likes. Should you choose to leave BlinkFeed active, feel free to add your own custom feed on a topic of your choice - sports, cars, science, fashion, you name it. And if you feel like switching it off, you can do that by long-pressing in an empty area on a home screen and tapping on the BlinkFeed toggle switch in the upper left corner.
2. Make it your own
From that very same menu you can personalize your home screens with app shortcuts and widgets. You can also pick whether BlinkFeed or one of the traditional Android screens is going to be your home screen. From the Personalize section in your phone's Settings menu, you can choose one of the several pre-loaded themes. Make yourself at home!
3. Familiarize yourself with the HTC One (M8) gestures
HTC's flagship can be interacted with using various gestures. A double-tap, for example, wakes the phone up from stand-by, and then swiping down from the top bezel activates voice dialing. Also, keep in mind that an incoming call can be answered by simply picking up the handset and bringing it up to your ear. Read our HTC One (M8) review
for more details on these gestures and motion commands.
4. Try the new camera effects
You just got a phone that has a bunch of fancy effects built right into its camera app. Why don't you give them a try? Take a photo and edit it by adding an artistic blur effect to the background, or turn it into a 3D-like image that shifts as you tilt your phone. These and other camera features are demoed in our HTC One (M8) review.
5. Claim your Google Drive space
Your HTC One (M8) comes with up to 65GB of free Google Drive space for a period of two years. Why don't you take advantage of that? Claim your space by logging in with your Google account and open the Drive app on your phone. A screen should let you know abou the extra storage offer, so tap on Redeem and enjoy!
6. Enable HTC Backup
Now that you've claimed your cloud storage space, it is time to put it to good use. The HTC Backup app will regularly back up your data to the cloud so that it is safe in case your phone gets lost, stolen, or in case you simply need to do a factory reset. The app is available at the Play Store in case you can't find it pre-loaded on your device.
7. Configure your IR remote
Your HTC One (M8) comes with a built-in IR blaster that can control TVs and set-top boxes. Before you can start using it, however, you have to configure the TV app. worry not, as the process is pretty straight-forward - just input the make and model of your television.
8. Google Now, activate!
Google Now is a helpful tool built into the newer versions of Android, but you'll have to activate it first. Long-press the home key until the Google Now welcome screen appears and go over the tutorial. (You should be familiar with this part if you've used an Android phone before.) That's it! Google Now should be now active on your new HTC One (M8).
9. Transfer data from your old phone
If you're upgrading to an HTC One (M8) from an older smartphone, be it an Android device or an iPhone, you might want to move your music, photos, videos, messages, contacts, and more from your old phone and onto the new one. Just go to settings and choose the "Get content from another phone" option.
10. Try Car Mode
Your HTC One (M8) should come with a pre-loaded Car application. When launched, it replaces your phone's UI with a simpler one, with large, easy to tap buttons and shortcuts to apps that you're likely to need while behind the wheel. Folks who drive often might find the app useful. Our advice is to explore and configure the Car UI from the comfort of your couch, not at a red light while headed to work in the morning.