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Are services like HTC BlinkFeed and Zoe the only way to compete with Apple and Samsung?

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:07

Yesterday was absolutely filled to the brim with HTC One (M8) news, just as you would expect from the combination announcement/release day of a major Android flagship device. And, one of the more interesting bits of news was that HTC was not just going to release its BlinkFeed app into the Play Store, but that it would eventually be expanded for compatibility with non-HTC Android devices. The question quickly arose as to why HTC would do this...

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:14

1. kopkiwi (Posts: 70; Member since: 31 May 2013)

Might help if they actually make it available for download.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:34 1

2. sgamao (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)

I think it's a smart move by HTC, even with no certain result yet. Web browsers can generate revenue too, actually. If i was at HTC i'd try to purchase the makers of Dolphin Browser and use it as default one and spread it over to other devices.. They might build up an interesting web based platform on Android through Dolphin, at least as good as Firefox is..

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 19:44

3. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

Yes. I believe so. Hardware is becoming incredible alike on all flagship models. The big difference is the software and UI.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 20:31 2

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

So, I guess I was wrong in my previous comment yesterday. Since this is the case, I also hope they make the weather lock screen animation(found in sense3,4) available on the play store. That is the best animated lock screen I have ever seen, no one has done it better

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 21:02

5. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 208; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

HTC is doing it completely wrong YET AGAIN. It's about producing quality hardware and being able to add "USEFUL" features to vanilla android and having a decent price tag.
Htc one(x, x+, m7, one mini, one max, m8) fail in all three hence the spiral downfall. Blinkfeed n zoe are pure gcrap....

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 21:21 4

6. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

Blink feed is incredible useful! If you don't want it then you can remove it! I can tell you have never used sense 6 and htc one. Or you are that incompetent.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 07:31

11. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 208; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)

Well i can tell you straight "you are incompetent" coz i used the one 2013 for around 8 months... and i was running 7 months with nova launcher...

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:05 1

12. Leonis (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

Then why do you complain? You never had to use it and then HTC made an update where you could remove it. The options is right there for you if you want it and many people actually want it like me.

You complain about something that gives you options and doesn't make the phone worse, if anything it makes the phone even better because you have a choice. If you are happy with stock android then go for it. the options to download blinkfeed on any android phones is amazing!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:08 1

7. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

I actually love these 2 features.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 23:50 1

8. youlookfoolish (Posts: 180; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

Most people do. They're wonderful differentiators. The stock crowd is simply stubborn.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 01:29

9. limporgyuk (Posts: 290; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)

Me too, I really like what HTC are doing with their flagships and their mid-rangers. I cannot fault my M7

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 01:42 1

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

Samsung already has the MyMagazine feature with the same UI layout and function as BlinkFeed and who really cares about Zoes? lol

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:59

13. LikeMyself (Posts: 458; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

Michael, you are making some very nice articles these days!

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