Get Started with the HTC One; easy phone setup from your computer

Get Started with the HTC One; easy phone setup from your computer

Summary: It is a real pain to setup a new phone and enter all of your account information, select wallpapers and ringtones, and more. HTC solved that problem with their HTC Get Started service.

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    Choose a default theme or set up your own

    As you can see on the left-hand side of the site, you can view where you are in the setup process. The first step is to personalize your experience, and it offers seven preselected options to make things easy. Choosing one of the lifestyle-focused topics gives you feeds, apps, and wallpapers common to that topic.

    When you select one of the options, then you can see how it will look over on the mockup HTC One on the right side of the screen. I recommend trying different ones out to see if any of the default ones work for you.

    After choosing a starting point with the experience, you can click on Next Step in the bottom right to proceed.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller/ZDNet)

    Selecting content for HTC BlinkFeed

    If you have selected one of the themes on the first part, then when you go into each of these next sections you will see preselected content based on that theme. You can deselect it and select other topics and feeds, as well to fully customize your phone experience.

    As you can see in this screenshot, you choose feeds you want to see that will appear in your HTC BlinkFeed. Unfortunately, there is no way to enter in your own RSS feed for sites and you must choose from content that is set up with HTC. I'll have more about the BlinkFeed in my first impressions article and full review soon.

  • (Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller/ZDNet)

    What apps do you want installed?

    You can also choose to select applications you want installed on your HTC One. Apps that you choose here will install in the background after the setup process is complete. While this is useful for new smartphone owners, if you already have an Android device, you may find it easier to just use the Google Play Store with your account to install your apps.

Topics: Mobility, Android, HTC, Reviews, Smartphones

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  • looking forward

    To your full review. I'm not a Android guy at all but it almost hurts me to admit, the more I see & read about that phone, the more I'm starting to like it
    gordongr
  • HTC Get Started service

    This looks like an exciting new feature, but will it work with a Mac? Because I don't own a PC.
    rickyboyfloyd
    • Yes, it is all through a web browser

      This service is carried out through a web browser so works on any computer. It then sends the settings wireless to your HTC device.

      You will also be happy to know there are tools on the HTC One to transfer content from other phones, including the iPhone, and I will have screenshots of that in a future article.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • Nice elegant setup

    I am so looking forward for your full review. This phone seems excellent so far.
    Marlon Milligan
  • HTC One

    Now all they have to do is to actually make the phone available - something they haven't as yet been able to accomplish. They do talk a good game about it, though.
    jeyges
  • Better than Samsung...

    Samsung KIES (Samsung's companion software) is an absolute nightmare (think iTunes, in 1 000 000 times worse). This crap nearly bricked my new Note II (splendid phone, by the way) by freezing in the midst of an update. I had to spend hours trying their "emergency recovery" procedure several times to get my phone back. Shame on Samsung (they think they can go without Google but they don't even master the basics of their phone's environment)... and shame on Google : by not offering a generic companion for Android (for installing updates, local calendar and contact sync, etc.) they leave the door open for the bogus, confusing, redundant, invasive, services from their "partners".
    (By the way, KIES sync with Outlook created duplicates by the dozens and Samsung's help pages advised to stop syncing with Google in order to avoid "conflicts" So they really seem to think of their crap Software as a troyan against Google's ecosystem (Nice try, Samsung: quess whose software I dumped... ).
    JB5645