HTC apps such as BlinkFeed and Zoe which are exclusive to the Sense firmware will soon be coming to other Android devices via the Google Play store. This was revealed in the company’s recent press release of the HTC One M8 stating that “Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.”
Yesterday HTC made available over at the Google Play store the HTC BlinkFeed app as well as the Zoe app. The company will not only be using Google Play to push updates of their apps but to make it available to other devices as well.
The HTC BlinkFeed app is a custom newsreader app that brings all your social feeds, calendar events, news, music and content in one place making it very accessible. This app does away with the need to open multiple apps to view different content. For those who don’t have a data plan there’s an Offline Reading mode that allows consumers to update feeds over Wi-Fi and save them for future reading.
HTC Zoe on the other hand is the company’s camera app. The company describes it as “HTC Zoe gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. These highlight videos can be remixed or set to different themes, and can be easily shared on social networks, email and other services.”
By providing access to its two signature apps HTC is trying to bring brand awareness and letting people try out the HTC software before buying any of their phones. It may increase sales of HTC devices or it may not have any result at all.