Buried 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.