HTC 10's Freestyle layouts: here's how to enable and customize the new themes in Sense 8

One of the exciting new software features of the HTC 10 is the pretty customizable home screen. The so-called Freestyle layout allows for an unprecedented level of customization for a stock manufacturer Android skin. Оf course, as with all things Android-related, there are ways to emulate HTC's Freestyle layout on any Android phone if you don't mind the tinkering. Still, for a stock skin, Sense 8 UI is entirely customizable. 

So, what's the big deal here, and why should you care? Freestyle layouts allow you to customize the home screen theme by assigning app shortcuts to different stickers, as well as hide app labels altogether and create a sleek theme with shortcuts hidden in plain sight.

It's quite easy to customize this, though you might easily get lost if you don't know what you're doing. We will show you the ropes on how to do so. 



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Customisation is great and all that, but it's also nice to know what you're trying to open rather than trying to remember if Facebook is the small, fat alien or the tall, skinny one...

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You can keep the name under or remove it so you have the choice.

3. anotherfan

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

The performance and costomisation had never been htc's weak point, the camera was

6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

But then they finally fixed the camera, buying it?

12. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Will be more than happy to throw my S6 and get the 10, but unfortunately it came to a point that I should instead pay people to take it(still top notch performance though, screen not cracked, but big dents on each corner..) lol People don't want the phone..

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

When could I get this on my m9? Any idea?

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well thats pretty nice :)

11. yikeees

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

was using a sony xperia z1 but then jumped to a htc m8 and then to a iphone 6, after that samsung s6 edge and still with this but oh boy! been waitin for a stunnin phone from HTC , and finally :D already had pre ordered for this beast! :3 now hoping them to start shipping!!!

13. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This is a stand out feature. They did pretty good with the camera finally, but they really nailed it with freestyle. I would market this as much as the camera. When you're going up against Samsung they're still not going to win anyone over with the 10 camera, but Freestyle might win some over when the cameras are nearly equal.

16. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016


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