HTC drops BlinkFeed Launcher and a Service Pack into the Play Store

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 25, 2014

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On the eve of HTC’s big announcement for their new HTC One, they’ve gone and dropped a couple apps into the Google Play Store. The first is a standalone BlinkFeed Launcher, the second they call HTC Service Pack.

BlinkFeed is a unique feature to HTC as a part of their Sense Android skin. BlinkFeed, in short, curates news, events and social into a single location on your Home screen. Glossing over the significant fact that HTC has made BlinkFeed itself into a standalone Launcher, it will be very exciting to many users to see new offline reading capabilities.

HTC BlinkFeed Launcher

HTC Service Pack promises to keep your HTC experience up to date by providing previously released HTC updates and getting them onto your phone in the form of an app, instead of a full system update.

HTC Service Pack

Sadly, we may have to wait a few short hours until HTC’s presentation to learn what devices are supported for these apps. As yet, the previous model HTC One is not compatible, nor are any devices in our inventory. Maybe HTC is just teasing us and will flip the switch at game time.  It is also a guess that the updates require Sense 6 to be installed. Either way, HTC owners should hit up the Google Play Store to attempt to grab their own copies of the BlinkFeed Launcher and HTC Service Packs.

Be sure to join us for our coverage of the live stream and other HTC One news during HTC’s new HTC One announcement, or hit HTC’s own livestream page at 9am PDT (16:00 UTC).

With less than 8 hours to launch, how are you feeling about the new HTC One?

  • HTC Service Packs installed on my HP Touchpad directly from the play store. Weird

    • Rohan Samuel

      Maybe you can post the apk?

  • Jesus

    Following Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Experience I see…

    • Abdullah Abdulaziz


    • Ianto

      No following Google and Moto by putting your apps into the Play Store you can update those apps without having to do a full system update which can be slow because of the carriers and all that. So nothing like Samsung.

    • bzbzb

      Jesus you suck for a guy who so many people respect, sorry mate but jebus is better, he knows his shit

  • nik1988

    The biggest thing I miss about my old htc one was the blink feed news aggregation screen. Flip board on my note just doesn’t compare in terms of finding articles I’m interested in. Anyone know if there would be a way to have this install on non htc phones without rooting?

    • bahs

      There isnt even a way WITH rooting, it require HTC framework files which is pretty much impossible to install into any other phone. Sorry, maybe buy a new HTC?

      • nik1988

        And so the dream dies. Might just have to get the new one. Not just for blink feed of course, because that would be madness.

        • LEONIDAS


    • (Get somebody to) port a whole Sense ROM?

  • TweoBeo

    The HTC One 2014 is really a device that i’m looking forward to see! It’s the only Android device that looks classy, although it’s a bit big.

  • Jayfeather787

    The play store says it is incompatible with all of my devices. Maybe HTC One exclusive only?

  • kimmyboo

    I can’t download it on my sprint htc one it doesn’t appear on my playstore or when I find it says this is.not.compatible with your device please help

  • Rohit Naik