HTC Zoe will be available to non-HTC smartphones this week

HTC Zoe will be available to non-HTC smartphones this week
Back in March, when HTC launched the One (M8), the company said that it would bring its BlinkFeed and Zoe apps to non-HTC devices later this year. Well, HTC is now almost ready to do that: according to Re/code, Zoe will be released this week, via Google Play, to Android handsets made by other manufacturers - Samsung, LG, and the rest of HTC’s competitors.

The Zoe app will be launched by HTC Creative Labs, a separate business unit that HTC set up not long ago. Led by Drew Bamford, HTC Creative Labs consists of 260 HTC employees based in Seattle, San Francisco, and Taipei. Essentially, this is HTC’s software arm that could help the company better compete with giants like Apple and Samsung.

For those who don’t know, HTC Zoe creates short clips using your photos and videos, even allowing you to add soundtracks to clips. You can see an official Zoe tutorial in the video below:



Reportedly, HTC aims to build an audience for Zoe first, and then search for ways to generate profit from it. Would you use Zoe on your non-HTC smartphone? Let us know in the comments!

HTC didn’t say when BlinkFeed would be available to non-HTC devices. However, Drew Bamford confirmed that HTC Creative Labs was working on other software projects - and we’ll likely hear more on this soon.

sources: Re/code, Drew Bamford (Twitter)

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20 Comments

1. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Options are always welcomed here in the Android space.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

From what's been preached here on PA by a couple WP fans... An outright copy of WP tiles, is going to get more mileage/usage on Android then WP itself. Bummer.

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You're so fascinated with Windows Phone. You have to mention it on every single article. You sir are a true WP fan. Respect!

3. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Two friends were playing Zoe when they first got their M7s, but haven't seen anyone using it for a long time. I guess the effects on videos and pictures are fun to play at first, but get old quickly.

5. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even when I first got my phone I never even used Zoe, some people like having it around or using it I guess but I never saw the need. If I want effects I'll just fire up my desktop and edit from there...

15. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 885; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Much Much easier on Zoe compared to desktop

4. mynameisfyl

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I really loved having Zoe on my One (M7) and think it could be cool to have it on my S5. I really like that HTC is sharing one of their cooler features, but I wonder how smart it is in the business sense to share something like that.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I too loved HTC Zoe on my M7 and I made some awesome Zoes of my kids. However the 4 MP camera was awful. I would TOTALLY use Zoe on my Note 3. I would even pay up to $5 for the app. I wonder if the new Moto X will have a good enough camera to make good Zoes... because I plan on getting an X2 for my next phone.

6. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

thats a big boo! there will be no software advantage that left in us m8 users(well aside from the fluid performance m8) because most of these features are the reasons we buy the phone well if they continue doing that they'll start to lose more of their users i hope they will give their user/patronizer an advantage when it comes to software.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You bought an htc for the software O.o And now that it is available to others, does that make your m8 worthless? Talk some sense bro.

12. Rain017

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Are you reading dude? Don't be stupid you won't buy a phone by software itself I said there will be no Software Advantage I did not say that it will be worthless crap think men think it doesn't matter if it available to others as long as HTC will be leaving something for us HTC users something like an advantage or an exclusivity

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No one else will ever get the full Sense packaged deal. Unless ported by devs at XDA of course then all bets are off.

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You can say it, but I give kudos to htc. This is a big contribution to AOSP and the android community, htc is the first to take this great step.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You can say it, but I give kudos to htc. This is a big contribution to AOSP and the android community, htc is the first to take this great step.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Just wondered if HTC will port it to WP?

9. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Samsung should share their multi window option with everyone.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Make it paid htc, and earn some money too :)

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That is a great idea Sen! I wish all the OEM would do that, put it out on Google play, make it pay for those without genuine hardware where supported by GUI OEM.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And they are not in a great financial position too. I hope Sammy puts their touchwiz goodies for all too. This particular idea would make Android's open source feature more sensible.

19. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

So excited!!!! NOT!

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