HTC releases Smart display app in the Google Play Store

HTC Smart display is an Android app that comes pre-installed on the HTC U11+, a smartphone that hasn't been released on the market yet. The application HTC's take on the Ambient Display, a feature that will come inside the U11+.

It's unclear whether or not the app is compatible with other HTC devices now that the Taiwanese company has decided to release it in the Google Play Store.

The Smart display app shows information about time, date, and battery power on the screen. It also displays notification icons and features different clock styles, as well as two modes – motion launch and always on.

Moreover, the application comes with a so-called Pocket mode, which allows users to save power since the HTC Smart display will turn itself off once the phone is put in a bag or a pocket.

The HTC U11+ is supposed to hit the shelves sometime this month, but a very small piece of software that comes pre-installed on the phone has already been released. If not for anything else, at least it will allow HTC to update the app more often and much easier without having to push out OS updates.



1. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Looks like HTC's own version of Always On Screen.

2. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

But the phone's screen isn't oled so won't this make battery drain ?

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yet another prime example of 1 of several things I love about Android Smartphones; system components and features continuously and seamlessly get updated via the app store, making the need for an entire OS update next to pointless. Be it my Note 8's S-Pen Air Commands, Edge Screen, Always on Display, Bixby, Theming engine, Webview engine, Camera, System fonts, Web Browser, Samsung Pay/Notes/Health/Calendar, Calculator, Messages, the App Store itself, etc. Almost EVERYTHING you'd require a whole new OS update for on competiting platforms is easily and seamlessly updated via the app store.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1367; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

THANK YOU! no need to wait a year for your OS just to go up a number, everything can be updated as needed

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1950; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I need Oreo to install. My HTC 10 is still on Nougat :(

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