We break down what BlinkFeed is on the new HTC One Android smartphone
The HTC One is official and the Android superphone is packed with exciting new features to go along with its powerful hardware. We're going to take a look at the BlinkFeed feature.
The HTC One comes with a new version of Sense and BlinkFeed is the the crux of that new experience. This provides a personalized content stream on your home screen that can be seen quickly, without having to open multiple apps.
The interface for HTC BlinkFeed kind of looks like a hybrid between Windows Phone 8 and Flipboard: Content comes in the form of tile-like modules on your screen. You can hook up your social networks like Twitter and Facebook to BlinkFeed too, so your status updates will be available at a glance.
HTC BlinkFeed will include a ton of content, as there are more than 10,000 news feeds per day in 16 different languages. This includes news and content from ESPN, the Associated Press, AOL, Flickr, Financial Times, Vice, MTV and more. These stories and pictures will be automatically sent to your customizable BlinkFeed stream.
It will be interesting to see how well-received HTC BlinkFeed is because some may find it a bit of a busy interface. Additionally, I wouldn't be surprised to see carriers being able to put custom feeds into the BlinkFeed at launch. It does look like BlinkFeed is optional, so if you don't like it, you can just set up your traditional home screens.
There are also a ton of other news aggregater apps like the aforementioned Flipboard that could compete with BlinkFeed. I'm thinking about apps like Zite, Floost, Pulse and more. Will users want to give up their favorite apps for the built-in BlinkFeed experience? Additionally, will BlinkFeed use up a lot of data?
More information about HTC BlinkFeed can be found on HTC's blog.