HTC is bringing its Sense Home 8 to non-HTC Android devices, closed beta kicking off today

HTC has many of its own apps decoupled on the Play Store, which allows it to quickly and conveniently send out updates without releasing a full system update. There's another added benefit to this - decoupled apps can be subsequently made available for a wider selection of phones, not only HTC ones. One of the more popular such apps is HTC Zoe, which allows you to shoot and create artistic short videos on any compatible Android device.

It looks like HTC is poised to bring its Sense Home 8 to non-HTC Android devices soon. It will be available as a closed beta for select users that are running Android 4.4 or newer. Sadly, we can't help you become a beta tester for Sense Home 8 - HTC is choosing users on its own. 

If you are among the lucky ones, expect to receive an email in the following days. If you receive an invitational email, don't make up your mind for too long - testers will be treated as per the "First come, first serve" principle! Actually, here's an example email:

As a reminder, Sense Home 8 its newest stock launcher that is currently making the rounds on the HTC 10. One of its rather interesting features are the Freestyle layouts, which allow users to place app icons, widgets, and stickers wherever they want on the home screens and also customize their appearance. This makes Sense 8 one of the more customizable stock launchers out there. We have a handy guide detailing Freestyle layouts in-depth right here.

source: AUSDroid via Reddit



1. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

As soon as its available to download, I'll get it immediately.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nice i want it too!

2. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Sense was more useful when they have there own feeds not third-party app..

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

So, do we able to download their freestyle theme just like any other launcher?

5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

We certainly hope so, otherwise it will be DOA.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

That what i concern, as far as I know that the theme is integrated as part of the ROM, not the launcher, if they don't allow to do so.... Well, kinda lost it point, LOL.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I enjoyed it for a while when I updated my sense home on the play store, but I got bored with it easily and just reverted it back to the way it were

7. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Nice move.

9. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

I was chosen, but I can't take part because I traded my Galaxy S6 in for an HTC 10, ironically.

10. ajbrad71

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2016

Forward me that email pimp

11. GeekMovement unregistered

Hm I'll be interested in giving this a try.

12. cristirizy

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

After 4 months and 10 days still waiting... Why?

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