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HTC Sense 5 includes BlinkFeed, Zoe, and TV (screenshot gallery)

HTC continues to develop their custom Android UI with Sense 5 on the HTC One.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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First choose your home region

The evaluation unit I am testing is an international model where there are options to select your home country for the proper language, keyboard, and settings to appear.

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How do you want to setup your HTC One?

You will likely want to setup the new HTC One from scratch since it is a new device, but later on you may want to restore from a backup you have. You can also transfer or import content from a number of different devices, including the iPhone.

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Choose your transfer source

Select from one of three sources.

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Supported sources

Here are the specific sources to choose from.

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Specific directions for HTC Transfer Tool

This page will walk you through the use of the tool that HTC provides to make transfer and setup much easier.

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iPhone options

You can transfer content from your iPhone.

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HTC Backup toggle

You can backup your HTC One and this setup screen lets you toggle this on or off.

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Select your old phone

Content from older phones can be transferred to your new HTC One.

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Settings have been applied

You will see a congratulations when you complete your settings.

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Typical HTC BlinkFeed page

This screenshot shows the my BlinkFeed highlights.

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BlinkFeed status updates

You can post to your social networks right from the top of the BlinkFeed page.

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There are a few menu options in HTC BlinkFeed

Tap the right menu to see the options available for the BlinkFeed.

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Choose categories for your BlinkFeed

There are several default categories for you to select from in the BlinkFeed.

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Sports focused HTC BlinkFeed

You are in full control of your BlinkFeed and can make it a sports phone if you desire.

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Another BlinkFeed view

Your BlinkFeed will never look the same on the HTC One.

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Soccer focused BlinkFeed

Here you can see my soccer focused BlinkFeed.

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A Facebook phone thanks to BlinkFeed

I think my wife will have her phone setup to only serve up Facebook on BlinkFeed.

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Maybe you want a Twitter phone

You can also choose to have just Twitter content show up in your BlinkFeed.

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Automatic refresh settings

You can have BlinkFeed refresh via WiFi or a cellular network. I don't know what interval it automatic refreshes.

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3x3 grid application launcher

The center icon toggles between HTC BlinkFeed and the application launcher.

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Folders are supported and the Google one appears by default

Folders are supported in the Custom view of the application launcher.

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Default media folder on the HTC One

Media apps are collected in a folder in the custom view app launcher.

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Grid selector

The 3x3 grid is setup by default, but I quickly switched to a more useful 4x5 grid.

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Full screen view of 4x5 grid

As you slide up in the app launcher you can see all of your installed apps.

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Tools folder

Several apps are found in the Tools folder.

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Productivity folder

Several apps are found in the Productivity folder.

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Zoodles supports Kid Mode

Similar to the Kids Corner on Windows Phone 8, you will find Zoodles supports Kid Mode on the HTC One.

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Car mode

Toggling on Car Mode presents a few apps that are used while driving in the form of large icons.

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A standard Android experience is a swipe away

If you are not a real fan of BlinkFeed then you can easily swipe once from right to left and jump into a standard Android home screen. You can customize up to five panels and add widgets like you have before on Android.

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Basic lock screen

The basic lock screen is loaded by default, but there are plenty of options available.

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Choosing theme options in video highlights

There are six themes available to choose from in video highlights.

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HTC Share explanation

The first time you use HTC Share a screen will appear that provides you with some details on the functionality.

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Uploading to HTC Share

The upload status of your HTC Share appears in the Gallery.

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Viewing the Gallery

You can view Zoes and still photos in your Gallery.

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Viewing content by event

Your captured content is automatically organized by event with highlight videos automatically being created.

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Viewing camera shots

Your camera shots, both still and Zoe videos, appear in the Gallery browser.

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TV programs available in my area

After setting up the TV utility for your area, you will see TV programs available in your area.

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Movies available on the TV

Content is shown in an easy to access way in the TV app.

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Choose your TV provider

I cut the cable so chose to view content available over the air. I was surprised by how much content was still available for me to view, but know that people with cable or satellite will find TV much more useful.

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Choose your favorites

Choose your favorites so that content can be optimized for you.

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Specific show information

Tapping on your show information will present you with details and the next available show times.

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Movies available

This screenshot shows movies available for your selected provider.

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Network information

Network information on the HTC One.

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Personalization settings

There are a few personalization settings on the HTC One.

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Software information

Android 4.1.2 is loaded on the HTC One.

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Storage settings

The device I am testing comes with 32GB integrated into the device. There will also be a 64GB model available.

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Display, gestures, and buttons

Several display settings are available on the HTC One.

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