Hands On: 6 Interesting Things About Htc'S Sense 6 Software

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(binhkhipho.vn) - HTC Sense 7.0 made its debut on the Điện thoại HTC One M9. The M9 was announced at MWC 2015,hitting stores at the over of March 2015.Smartphone HTC Sense 7.0 follows Sense 6.0, one of the first times we"ve stepped forward without an incremental point upgrade between Sense versions.

Since the launch of the M9, we"ve sầu seen the update of the One M8 khổng lồ Sense 7.0, along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, và we"ve sầu updated this feature khổng lồ cover all bases for Sense 7. The big change here is supporting Flex Storage, which we"ll talk about below.

With the HTC One M9 and the One M8 in front of us, we"ve sầu been through Sense 7.0 with a fine-tooth comb. The Điện thoại HTC One M9 is currently still on Lollipop, the Điện thoại HTC One M8 is now on Marshmallow.

So whether you"ve sầu just received the update on the M8, you"re an Điện thoại HTC fan considering the M9, or just have a penchant for a deep dive sầu into lớn a smartphone UX, then read on & all will be revealed. Welcome lớn our detailed Smartphone HTC Sense 7 Review.

A note on ứng dụng unbundling

A strange place to lớn start, perhaps, is ứng dụng unbundling. We"ve sầu just mentioned that Sense6.0 didn"t have a point tăng cấp and in part that"s due to lớn unbundling of apps. Just as Google has hacked pieces off Android, Smartphone HTC has been doing this for a while too.

That means that it isn"t necessary to have sầu a complete Sense upgrade khổng lồ make a few tweaks khổng lồ a specific function. For example, Smartphone HTC Gallery is updatable through Google Play, so you could receive sầu some changes lớn an existing device without that step khổng lồ Sense 7.

This unbundling means that updates are more loosely tied khổng lồ software versions, but we"ll cover them here where appropriate so you know what all the changes are.

A home page from home

Smartphone HTC Sense 7.0 isn"t a huge change from HTC Sense 6.0. The look và feel is very similar, just as the M9 & the M8 are very cthất bại in appearance. HTC"s alặng has been khổng lồ nip & tuchồng, lớn fix things that didn"t work well, rather than introduce swathes of new features.

Around the home page screen you"ll see that the top icons have sầu been refined. They"re slightly smaller now so they take up a little less space, meaning you have a little more roomfor notification icons rather than system icons.


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HTC Sense 7 (left) vs Smartphone HTC Sense6 (right)

At the bottom of the trang chủ screen on the mặc định HTC BlinkFeed Launcher, the dividing line that sat above sầu the navigation bar has now gone too. This makes things a little cleaner & more in keeping with Lollipop và Marshmallow"s cleaner interface.

The stock launcher is still BlinkFeed & you still have the same layout of navigation controls across the bottom, although these are now customisable, which we"ll come to shortly.


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Hit the recent apps button & it will spring into the (old) grid view by mặc định, with the option khổng lồ switch to the card-style view that is more in keeping with stock Android và we find it much nicer lớn use when switching apps.

In the originalSense 7.0 on Lollipop the navigation controls weresitting on a grey background in recent apps, rather than float as they did in Sense6.0. It doesn"t look as clean as it did before, và with the update to Marshmallow, the bar seems khổng lồ have been dissolved away.

Sense 7.0: Customise navigation controls

Customisation is one of the big themes in Sense 7.0 & the navigation controls get some genuinely useful additions. It"s great to see this option coming to Sense, as others - lượt thích LG - have been offering this for some time.

You can have sầu up to lớn four controls on the navigation bar, but you cannot de-select the standard bachồng, trang chủ & recent apps. You can change the order, so if you"re left- or right-handed you can switch things around lớn suit how you hold the phone.


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Then you have sầu khổng lồ option to lớn add one of the following: turn off screen, notifications, hide navigation bar, quiông chồng settings, và tự động rotate. Of these, notifications (for quiông xã access without a swipe) and hide navigation bar, are of immediate interest.The quichồng settings option is almost irrelevant - as the notifications shortcut will also open the quick settings with a second press.

For those with smaller hands, being able lớn tap a button on the navigation bar rather than stretch up khổng lồ swipe down notifications is a real bonus. We also lượt thích the option khổng lồ hide the navigation bar; although some Android apps mặc định lớn full screen (like games & truyền thông apps), if you want khổng lồ remove sầu those nav controls when browsing Twitter or Facebook, you can.

Annoyingly the navigation bar doesn"t stay hidden when you open the keyboard. If you wanted a little more space when messaging, you chiến bại it again, as it pops up as soon as the keyboard appears.

Quiông xã settings

A double swipe down, or a two-finger swipe will open quiông xã settings, as standard for Android. The flashlight has now been added in Sense 7, so if you want to turn the torch on, it"s only a couple of taps away. That was something that was missing in Sense 6 on Lollipop, but remember you can also turn the torch on with an "Ok Google" voice command.

Sense 7.0 on Marshmallow cleans this up further, shrinking the time slightly, making the date clearer và removing the top line dividing that information from the operator (as seen below).


One thing that"s removed from Lollipop wasbởi vì not disturb, as this function was removed in favour of Android Lollipop"s interruptions/priority notifications option, which we"ll talk about later. On Marshmallow, vì chưng not disturb is baông chồng, as Android rearranged the slightly chaotic arrangement of volume settings và alerts, away from the precedent set in Lollipop.

Glove sầu mode has also been added as an option here, along with the renaming of Media đầu ra to lớn Điện thoại HTC Connect.

New widgets: Weather Cloông chồng và SenseHome

Two of the visual changes you"ll notice in Sense 7.0 are the stoông xã widgets used. The iconic Weather Cloông xã is now transparent, whereas it was solid before. It"s actually a new widget - if you prefer it solid, that option is still there.

We"ve noticed that this new widget gives you the sunphối times too as you approach the end of the day, which is great if you want to lớn know when khổng lồ grab that perfect holiday photo lớn.


SenseHome is the other notable addition, và it"s one of HTC"s headline featuresin Sense 7.0. At a very basic cấp độ, Sensetrang chủ is an ứng dụng management widget.

It sits on the trang chính screen và will intelligently offer you different apps based on what you"re doing and where you are. There are three locations: home, work, and out.

At home you might want games, Netflix, perhaps your central heating controls. At work you might be more interested in your calendar or to lớn bởi vì các mục. When you"re out, then it might be music, transport apps & so on. You get the idea.


There"s space for eight phầm mềm shortcuts and they are automatically populated. Delete one & another swings inlớn place, changing with frequency of use. You can also create folders within the widget too, so you can have sầu all your productivity apps neatly grouped together in the work area, for example. You can pin apps and folders too, so they don"t rotate out if you"re not using them và if you want more, you can expand the widget.

There are two mặc định folders in place, one for downloads và one for suggested apps. Suggested apps might be controversial, as it"s an outside intrusion, but you can delete both folders if you don"t want them through the settings thực đơn.


The SenseHome ứng dụng widget is really designed khổng lồ benefit those who don"t change everything around. Many power users will probably dismiss it và just use folders on the navigation bar, but for those who don"t tinker, it has the potential to lớn offer up the apps they use most commonly at particular times & make sure they are right there on the trang chủ screen.

BlinkFeed gets additions

BlinkFeed is one of the most distinctive elements of Sense và it has had a few refinements in its lakiểm tra guise in Sense 7.0. There"s now the option khổng lồ add content as soon as you open the menu, which is handy.


There a new option, which is called "mealtime recommendations". This will put suggestions of where to eat on your loông chồng screen, occasionally springing up with a suggestion of a local restaurant. In the time we"ve sầu use Sense 7.0, we"ve not found it useful.

Personalisation

HTC followers will know that personalisation has been an option since Sense launched on the Điện thoại HTC Hero. The Personalize menu in settings offers all the options it did before, but now adds font controls, keyboard colour và dialer colour.

We"ve mentioned that the navigation bar options are in there, & there"s also the option to change & edit the theme, as well as change the accent colours.


The latter option contains a range of options that changes the colour for phầm mềm headers, highlights, backgrounds of switches và so on. There"s also the option for a custom colour, although only 16 colours are on offer. But, if you absolutely need more pink in your phone, it"s here that you can vị it.

Smartphone HTC Sense 7: Themes

Themes is both an independent ứng dụng in the apps tray and linked through to lớn from the Personalize thực đơn và other areas of the device. Through Themes - again one of Sense 7"s headline additions - you can customise just about anything in the UI visually. Although it was very much the talking point when the M9 launched, it"s also now available on the M8, which is a great addition.

Smartphone HTC has made Themes really powerful by letting you automatically create a theme from any photo you have và then automating the process. The app scans the image, picks out highlight colours và uses them across your device. Once it"s done, you can select from suggested themes, or customise anything you like about it.


That means fonts, icons (shapes, colours), you can change the navigation icon styles, as well as the colours used for highlights & so on as we"ve sầu already mentioned.

Not only bởi you get lớn make these changes, but you can save them và it looks lượt thích Điện thoại HTC intends khổng lồ let you tóm tắt them, meaning that you can make themes for others - perhaps a team theme, work theme or just a comedy theme based on your pet, loved one, Christmas or anything else. Yes, narcissists can make themes from their own selfies.

At any rate, the new Themes phầm mềm is really powerful. If you"re the sort of person who likes to change phone thiết kế a lot, or wants a unique look - beyond just the wallpaper - then this is how you can bởi it. We were a little skeptical about it, but in the couple of weeks we"ve been using the M9, we"ve sầu played with Themes more than we expected.

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Photos: Themes, Gallery, Editor

As we"ve sầu mentioned, you can create a theme from any photo và this extends inkhổng lồ the Gallery too. Take a great springtime shot that you want khổng lồ apply across your phone, you simply open that picture and hit the Themes button & the automated process starts.

The Gallery is very much the same as it was before, with the option lớn integrate online albums using Cloudex (Facebook, Google Drive, etc), and the varied array of views you can use to manage your photo collection.


There"s also the option lớn open the phokhổng lồ editor, which has been rearranged in Sense 7.0. It"s now a fully formed independent tiện ích - và once again, there"s an phầm mềm shortcut in the apps tray. It contains many of the same functions as previously, but it"s organised with a conventional left-h& drawer khổng lồ make it easier lớn navigate.

xuất hiện Editor from a phokhổng lồ you"re viewing & you"re taken khổng lồ an essentials view, where you can apply filters, use basic tools (rotate, crop, flip, straighten), or remove red eye.


Open the side drawer and you"ll find the options for flair (frames, draw), effects (shapes, double exposure, elements, face fusion), và touch up (which is all about improving your face really - bigger eyes, etc).

The shapes will let you apply all sorts of interesting effects lớn photos. You can overlay shapes, blover that with other images, create a kaleidoscopic effect, merge two photos in double exposure, & use the hilarious face fusion. Yes, that is the author fused with amarble bust.


It"s a comprehensive sầu array of editing options, and some might say there"s just too much. The tự động enhance option, for example, is hidden as a custom filter, when it should really be right there as soon as you open the editor khổng lồ help you adjust a picture that hasn"t come out too well.

Of course, with the M9 not offering the Duo Camera features, those editing options aren"t available. On the One M8, they simply slot into lớn the lead under the Effects section of the Editor.

HTC Sense 7.0: HTC Camera

The Điện thoại HTC Camera is another app that"s independent, so can be updated separately from the core Sense version. This happened, for example, khổng lồ add the Smartphone HTC Eye Experience on previous devices on Sense6.

The new Smartphone HTC Camera hasn"t changed greatly from the existing version in terms of layout, but there has been a big change in switching camera modes. The swipe mechanism previously used lớn move from rear khổng lồ front camera has now been extended khổng lồ include all the different cameras.


Previously you could swipe from selfie, to lớn camera, to lớn split camera. Each swipe took a while to fire up the new mode, so it was a little laborious. Hitting the inhỏ would let you access other modes - lượt thích panorama or photo booth.

Now, however, all the camera modes are available on that swipe action. So you can swipe to panorama, for example, or custom cameras you"ve saved. But even better, you can remove sầu modes you don"t use - like split camera, perhaps - so you don"t have to lớn bypass them.

Previously you could save custom cameras, meaning you could cài đặt something specific from all the settings and save sầu that. We"ve used it to quickly access HDR, & now, once saved, you"ll be able khổng lồ swipe straight lớn it, which we really lượt thích. There"s no auto HDR offered by Smartphone HTC, but this draws that sting a little.

There"s one criticism we have sầu of this action, however. Each change is accompanied by a sound effect. Even if you have sầu the shutter sound turned off, you still get this clunk noise as you switch camera. That"s more annoying if you are listening to music, as it breaks khổng lồ play the noise before your music resumes.


We"ve mentioned that you can delete those modes you don"t want. When you delete them, they return to lớn a camera store of sorts. In here you"ll find additional modes. Smartphone HTC announced that RAW shooting would be coming "as a camera" for the M9 & we think it will drop in here. If you don"t want it, you can ignore it, but it gives Smartphone HTC an easy way khổng lồ add to the camera"s functions & give you more options in the future.

On the M9 we"ve found that the 4:3 shooting mode is replaced by 10:7, but we suspect this is only down to the sensor size, as the M8 retains 4:3.

Volume controls & interruptions

Volume controls? Really? Believe it or not, volume control is a hot bed of debate in the Android world. To bring you up to lớn tốc độ, Android Lollipop introduced a new way of managing interruptions from notifications, but at the same time made volume handling slightly awkward. Marshmallow then changed this, making things much more sensible. You can read all about this volume waltz in our Android 6.0 Marshmallow đánh giá, as well as more information on the new Do Not Disturb function.

In Sense 7.0, HTC incorporated Lollipop"s interruptions controls inlớn the volume, as you"ll find in stochồng Android. This wasn"t in Sense6 which had HTC"s home grown "vị not disturb" feature instead. This was the situation at launch for the M9, but the M8 bypasses this in Sense 7.0, moving straight to lớn the new arrangement dictated by Marshmallow.


This is where Sense 7.0 on Lollipop (M9 at the time of writing) and Sense 7.0 on Marshmallow (M8 at the time of writing) are slightly different.

When you hit the volume button on the M9, the controller has options for interruptions: none, priority và all. Those are self-explanatory, but be warned that none really means none, not even alarms. Alarms count as priority interruptions and through the settings you get lớn decide if event reminders, calls and messages count as priority too.

On the M8, things are much better. Rather than "interruptions" you now have Do Not Disturb again. This you"ll need lớn mix up to define what is a priority and what isn"t. There"s also a check box letting you allow alarms. That means you can silence your phone (for a time period, or until you turn alerts bachồng on) but you"ll still be able to have your alarm wake you up in the morning, which Lollipop didn"t allow. Silent in Lollipop was silent, silent in Marshmallow lets you have alarms.

On both M9 và M8 you can drill down further & nominate at an tiện ích cấp độ what is a priority & what isn"t. In this sense, controlling interruptions is now the same as stock Android. You can also nominate favourite contacts as a priority.

Of course much of this depends on how you handle notifications. If, like us, you have most notifications (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, G+, etc) silenced, và only have sầu messages and calls vibrate and make sounds, then things are easier khổng lồ manage.

Aside from that change lớn the volume controller, you still have the same sliders as you did before, meaning you can hit the button to change ringtone, truyền thông and alarm volumes.

Ironically, as soon as you open a truyền thông media application (a game, Netflix, music, anything that uses the BoomSound speakers or headphones) the options lớn control interruptions drops out of that volume control panel. This is defined by Android, so we have khổng lồ live with it, sadly.


Điện thoại HTC Sense 7.0: Marshmallow brings Flex Storage

As we"ve sầu just been talking about Marshmallow, it makes sense lớn attaông xã the issue of Flex Storage right here. It"s a new feature in Điện thoại HTC Sense 7.0 on the M8 and we assume it will come to the M9 too. It"s probably the single thing that will make the biggest difference to how you use your phone.

Flex Storage is a little talked about element of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. No one talks about it because it"s not supported in Nexus devices asyou need a microSD card slot lớn use it. Essentially, Flex Storage lets you format microSD to use as internal storage.

READ: How to lớn use Flex Storage on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The updated Sense 7.0 on Marshmallow adds this feature, meaning you can effectively exp& your internal storage capacity. If you had a 16GB M8, it"s time to lớn go out và buy a 128GB microSD card (the fasthử nghiệm you can afford lớn buy). You"ll have sầu lớn consider what lớn bởi with the nội dung of any existing cards (photos, etc), as once a device is formatted for internal storage using this feature, you can"t use it in another device.

However, using Flex Storage means you can increase the number of apps you"ve got, or tiện ích data, which in previous Android versions could only be stored on the device"s internal memory. We think it"s a great addition to lớn the M8, but make sure you make a copy of anything you have sầu stored on a card before you go through the process.

Smartphone HTC Connect replaces Media output

Điện thoại HTC made a lot out of Smartphone HTC Connect at the launch of Sense 7. You can trigger it with a three-finger swipe gesture, just as you could with Media Output đầu ra previously.

Điện thoại HTC Connect will find Chromecast, công nghệ Bluetooth không dây, DLNA, Miracast, AllPlay or BlackFire devices to stream to lớn & letting you select them. You can also select what type of device you want lớn scan for, so if it"s only DLNA, you can just select that in the settings

Keyboard

Điện thoại HTC is still customising a keyboard và this hasn"t changed a huge amount from the previous version, although there"s more key spacing now and you have more options to lớn customise with that colour change option.


HTC"s keyboard is ok, but only ok. We still think that SwiftKey responds better và offers better suggestions. But more recently, we"ve sầu found that the stock Google Keyboard (available in Google Play) has been getting better & better. You"ll need to tải về one, however, as Điện thoại HTC only supplies its own keyboard in Sense.

There"s one really annoying thing - regardless of what keyboard you"re using - & that"s HTC"s insistence on putting the keyboard selector in the navigation bar in the bottom right-h& corner. It"s so easy khổng lồ hit. During a furious typing sessions, you"re likely to snag it with a flying finger and have the keyboard selector pop up mid-message.

Pre-installed tiện ích changes

In Sense 7, Điện thoại HTC Internet - the company"s own browser - isn"t pre-installed. If you want it, you can download it from Google Play. We can"t see why you would, as Chrome is far superior. If you"re updating from Sense6, you"ll find it stays in place.Fitbit"s khuyến mãi with HTC has also ended now, so that app isn"t bundled on the M9 as it was on the M8.

HTC Watch - the TV and IR controller - has now been unskinned. In its place you"ll find Peel Smart Remoteinstead, which is the same thing. Unskinning it, i.e., removing HTC"s branding, means you get updates from Peel directly. It makes sense to vì this.For those updating from Sense 6 on the M8, you"ll find it changed.

HTC"s Messages tiện ích can now also be themed. If you run a theme, the Messages app will get the same wallpaper, so it"s a little more interesting than a plain background.

If you"re moving from Sense 6.0 to Sense 7.0 on Marshmallow, you"ll also find that HTC Backup no longer functions. You"ll be able lớn restore from an existing backup, but for those wanting khổng lồ backup, HTC now directs you to Android"s native sầu backup function instead.

Summing up

We"ve sầu walked through most of the changes in Điện thoại HTC Sense 7 và although we"ve covered a lot of ground, they aren"t too major. The addition of Themes, a new trang chủ screen widget và the changes to the camera are the big differences. Elsewhere, it very much feels like a house keeping job. There"s a dab of polish applied here & there khổng lồ make things a little tidier, but this isn"t a major overhaul.

With Điện thoại HTC pushing updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the M8, that brings a range of additional features, although many of the visual changes are governed by Sense. With the M9 still waiting khổng lồ update lớn Marshmallow, we"re yet to lớn see the full impact on Sense 7.0 và will update when it"s done. The biggest hardware change is supporting Flex Storage.

Of course, with Sense 7.0 having just arrived in January 2016, we"re acutely aware that the year is nearly up và Sense 8.0 will likely appear on HTC"s next flagship handmix, expected in February at điện thoại World Congress.

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