It’s not Sense 7, but HTC is bringing HTC One M8 and M7 owners a taste of some of the new features touted in the HTC One M9. By updating their BlinkFeed app in the Google Play Store — now officially renamed “HTC Sense Home” — HTC is giving the One M8/M7 on Lollipop the ability to apply a handful of themes we took a look at on the One M9.
Not every theme is available, as some require Sense 7 to function, but there’s enough here that it should wet your appetite until a future software update arrives. But you can get started building your own themes, even publishing your favorites for others to download, or following your favorite designers.
Aside from themes, HTC’s Sense Home Widget has also been added. Sense Home Widget is a little folder that intelligently delivers commonly used applications based on your location. It even offers suggestions for apps you haven’t downloaded yet.
HTC BlinkFeed has also been updated, now pulling in Tumblr feeds if you’d like. The lock screen has also received some small, Sense 7 like UI tweaks with a different font style and weather widget that mirrors the HTC One M9.
All in all a pretty substantial update, one we didn’t see coming. This, foks, is why HTC thew their system apps on the Play Store — no need to wait around for a full system update to enjoy great new software features. You can update via the Google Play Store linked down below.