BlinkFeed and Zoe coming to non-HTC Androids
The new HTC One is here, and not just the phone’s hardware itself, but also its new software. The One arrives running Sense 6.0, which will soon be going out to existing HTC models. In our review of the smartphone, we went into some depth looking at the full extent of the software HTC’s bundled in, including things like the BlinkFeed content aggregator and Zoe for creating effortless highlight reels. While Sense is going to remain an HTC exclusive, that’s not necessarily true for the rest of this software, and today we hear that HTC intends to make both BlinkFeed and Zoe available in the Google Play Store, for installation on hardware from competing manufacturers.
The BlinkFeed news actually comes from HTC’s press release for the new One itself; how did everyone miss it on launch day? It’s literally a footnote, reading, “following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.”
We also already knew that a standalone Zoe app was in the works, but just assumed it was still going to be an HTC exclusive. While not similarly confirmed in the press release, The Verge has heard from HTC directly that Zoe will indeed be available for non-HTC Androids.
The best ETA we have for now is just “later this year,” so we may still be looking at a sizable wait before you can start loading-up your Galaxy S5 with HTC software.