HTC Blinkfeed coming to other Android devices soon

by: Gary SimsMarch 26, 2014

HTC One 2014 BlinkfeedBuried among all the interesting details about the new HTC One (M8) was a little line about HTC’s vision for some of its proprietary apps. A few days ago HTC published some of its apps onto the Google Play Store including Blinkfeed. The move allows HTC to update some of its core apps without the need to release a new firmware for its phones. Google started doing the same thing last year when it released the Google Play Services as a separate app in the Play Store. With it, and other key Google apps, the custodian of Android can release updates to some of Android’s core services without needing the handset manufactures to release new firmware versions.

Blinkfeed is HTC’s feed aggregator that displays your  social network updates, calendar events, news, music and other content in one place. With HTC BlinkFeed you don’t need to open multiple apps to see what is going on, all your content is gather together in one convenient stream. There is now an SDK which allows 3rd parties to integrate their own content. The new News Bundles feature brings together articles and tweets on the same topic from over 1000+ content providers. 

At the moment the Blinkfeed app is only available for the HTC One (M8) however the company has announced that it will now release the app for other Android devices.

[quote qtext=”Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.” qperson=”HTC” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

HTC hasn’t released any details about which devices it will be supporting. It could just release the app for other HTC handsets but we hope it will open the app up to a wide range of devices. To make it happen all HTC needs to do is test the app on some different handsets and then tick the right boxes on Google Play.

  • Mike Bastable

    seems like a good decision from HTC, allowing people to become acquainted with its interface and possibly attracting new customers….

    • Flip Jumpman

      I agree with you bro! I’m somewhat interested and will try it. Hopefully it’s much better than Flip Board that takes forever to load even when on fast wifi speeds.

  • AfrodanJ

    But lets be honest, who really uses blinkfeed

    • Alex

      Well I use it several times a day, like it alot.
      and belive that it will be many DL from Playstore once it released.

      • KingofPing

        Some people see any OEM software and immediately fall into the old “it must suck” attitude that was quite honestly deserved back in the early days of Android.

        They haven’t used the newer versions and therefore have no basis from which to see the improvements that many OEMs have made.

        It would be like someone claiming the Tesla Roadster was a bouncy jalopy because they once used or seen a Model-T.

    • xlSamsonlx

      Not me, any time I’ve attempted using it, it’s been kind of clunky and limited in terms of sources, it’s refreshing and updated material isn’t the best. Disabled it after a few days

    • Pobrecito hablador

      I use it a lot.

    • AussieGreek

      I use it all the time.

    • Schiller

      Blinkfeed replaced feedly for me!

  • Brandon Miller

    I’ve never had an HTC phone so I don’t know what it is like. If it is available for my device at the time it is released to anybody then I’ll definitely give it a look. Might as well, won’t hurt anything.

  • truth_cutz

    It should read…”HTC Blinkfeed coming to other HTC Android devices soon” because the play store will not let me install it on my Nexus 7 or Note 3