Upcoming HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots show a BlinkFeed kill switch, new camera options

Upcoming HTC Sense 5.5 screenshots show a BlinkFeed kill switch, new camera options
The HTC Sense interface is due for an update with the upcoming One Max phablet, and a few of the new Sense 5.5 goodies leaked in the form of several screenshots. Some of the software improvements we already heard speculation on, like the BlinkFeed news aggregator getting photos and music folded in, and the Video Highlights feature duration will apparently also be increased.

From the leaked snaps below we are seeing that BlinkFeed can now be easily turned on and off, which was impossible in Sense 5.0, which is a very welcome change. Those camera improvements we heard about are now materializing in the form of two more options like Panorama+ and Dual Capture. Panorama+ might very well be a 360 degrees mode, while Dual Capture would be snapping with both the front and rear cameras at once.

The notification toggles drop down menu has received a new "Do Not Disturb" option, and there are some new Emoji and rescaling options in the on-screen keyboard. All in all, nothing groundbreaking, but some welcome changes nonetheless.

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25 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

HTC should make the Blinkfeed like Samsung's My Magazine, where you can tap the home button (when you're on the homescreen) to access it.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Now I'm seeing my HTC One's screenshots. Can't wait to update 4.3 this week.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You're lucky bro. Damn, where's the 4.3 update for my Xperia Z, Sony?

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Updating 4.3....hurrry

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

All I can say is that Sense is a 100000000x better than touch wiz visually. Touch wiz is still gingerbread like.

3. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

about time crapfeed had a kill switch i like touchwiz better then sense u can do more

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude, u can't see lag on this sense, looks clean, and feels new. After this update u can see on screenshots they added bunch of features. Try to use HTC one u will use to with it in a week and I'm sure u will not gonna like touchwiz and will looks old to compare with this sense.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm impatiently waiting news or leaks about next HTC flagship (not about HTC One Max). :)

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Me too, while the camera on the One is good it does really capture little detail when compared to other phones, i'm waiting for a 6-8 ultrapixel camera..

8. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

HTC Sense Or Sony Custom UI?

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It's difficult to say which one is better.. Both of them are simple and modern, so both are good IMO.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Sony's custom UI is very outdated and also feels a bit jittery at times unlike Sense 5.0

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If Blinkfeed is turned off, does it turn into stock Android?

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No. :)

12. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Personally I like Blinkfeed, so I'm glad they're not getting rid of it completely.

13. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I actually like Blinkfeed. It seemed useless at first, but it's nice when you've got a random few minutes to kill. Still, they should have offered the option to remove it from the home screen from the get go. Hopefully HTC One owners in the US get sense 5.5 eventually since it's not coming with 4.3 for us.

23. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Blinkfeed is like my personal CNN

24. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Blinkfeed is like my personal CNN

15. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Nice. Im liking the updates they made to sense. Can't wait to see it in action on my One Max.

16. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

Now this is the real Sense :D

17. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It's funny how reviewers praise crap like "blink feed" and "ültra pixels" while consumers and users alike will reject it. Reminds me of android actually

21. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Troll much? Guess you never use any of those

18. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

finall my HTC one will have the 360 degrees panorama! currently using the 4.3 nexus camera app for the 360 degrees but it sucks due to not optimized.

19. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Wow htc is directly listening to the customers

25. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Amazing phone, but only thing stopping me from upgrading to this is the smaller screen size/big bezels/smallish battery and lack of snapdragon 800. Would've opted for this instead of note 3 had those been the specs.

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