What's New With Sense 6?
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What\'s New With Sense 6?

With the latest HTC smartphone entry onto the market, we’re seeing a brand new user interface, Sense 6.0, but what does the new UI bring to the table?

Well don’t worry if you don’t know, because we are about to guide you through some of the noticeable changes to the Sense UI here in its sixth instalment.

Motion Launch

Unlocking your phone is so last year! Now, with Sense 6.0 you can simply swipe left to gain access to BlinkFeed, and right for your widgets, you can even swipe straight down to access your dial pad!

Of course to gain access to the rest of your phone’s features you have to swipe up to unlock the handset and enter your password, but it’s a nice addition either way.

One feature we love, but isn’t all that original is the ‘tap awake’ feature, requiring you to simply double tap the display to wake up the handset, and double tap again to go back to sleep.

BlinkFeed

Whilst we’re aware BlinkFeed was around back in the original HTC One days, it’s seen a freshen up for the M8, hence why we’ve included it today.

There are more ways of controlling the content you see from BlinkFeed in the latest version of Sense, making it far more personalised to each user.

Also, FitBit integration has been included, so if you have a FitBit Flex band, you can use it besides the M8 without any fuss.

Dual Camera Apps

With a brand new dual-camera comes a whole new series of software to power it, and Sense 6.0 supplies that here in the M8.

New apps provide the ability to select areas to focus on after a picture has been taken, as well as being able to add depth of field and other effects to pictures.

Also, Zoe is back as well, this time mixing together pictures and video with music, all simply and easily.

Extreme Battery Saving

As the power consumption of our smartphones’ increase, developers are looking at more innovative ways to keep our batteries lasting longer, and Sense 6.0 might have cracked it.

Extreme Battery Saving mode adds an extra 30 hours of battery life to the M8 with just 10% battery remaining, by using some very smart features.

By turning off all of the M8’s non-essential features, users don’t have to worry about background updates taking up all of their handsets juice.

On-Screen Buttons

With the ever so slight design change from the original HTC One to the M8, we see a pretty large software change to accompany it.

The loss of the capacitive buttons at the bottom of the handset helps improve the M8’s screen size, and brings in Sense 6.0 powered on-screen navigation buttons.

They work pretty much identically to the old buttons but are based on the screen as opposed to underneath it, making for a nice change.

Verdict

We can’t really complain at the latest version of the Sense UI if we’re being honest.

It brings in a number of essential changes as well as some more flashy and user orientated inclusions as well.

It might not be a ground-breaking software update, but it certainly was required from HTC with the release of its latest flagship handset.


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