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Old February 21st, 2013, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sense 5/6 discussion / setup (Blink feed, etc.)

Blink is the new, live feed layout in Sense 5 that comes standard on the new homescreen. See the Sense 5 video in the reviews thread if you're not familiar with it.

It's menu-driven, you click on or off whichever feeds you don't want.

I've seen some complaints that you can't remove it.

What's up if you just select no feeds? Wouldn't that be the same thing?
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Default re: What's up with Blink (Sense 5 discussion)

I asked on thier blog -

http://blog.htc.com/2013/02/htc-launches-blinkfeed/
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Ok, so HTC replied -

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By default, Blinkfeed is the home screen. You do have the option to change the home screen to one of the other screens.


So I asked again like this -

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Thanks for the reply, highly appreciated.

That answered from a cosmetic perspective, fair enough, but I'm asking about data consumption.
Can I deselect all feeds so that I have none of that downloading? If the Blinkfeed screen expands to accommodate more feeds, what happens if I have zero feeds? Does that remove Blinkfeed from that screen altogether?

The feature looks really great, kudos on that. Just not sure that it would make sense for my data plan to be honest.
I don't know if they don't want to acknowledge that their feature isn't great or what.

Personally - I do think it's pretty cool. I use Google Currents and don't mind a nice news feed.

But sometimes, I'm out for a while in 3G wastelands where I just want that stuff off.
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Well that's a masterclass in how to politely and positively respond to an answer that misses the point
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What did Peter Chou say the point of Sense was in 2010 - "With Sense, you can make it your own."

Back in Sense 1.0 I had launcher profiles and I could save my Rosie settings.

They keep saying that Sense is getting lighter-weight to make the blogosphere happy.

The only differences between Sense 3 and 4 was a shift of functions and eye candy from one place to another. LoL

PS - if everyone with a Discus account goes and thanks my question on the HTC page at the link above, maybe they'll take notice and we'll get a more complete answer - just saying, couldn't hurt.
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You can "vote up" a question or response without even needing a Discus account.
I'm a Discus mod and I did not know that!

Yeah, could be part of the contract.

HTC has always had a form of live news feed and live social feeds - Blinkfeed is just the logical progression on that. No big deal for a lot of people, and I'll bet many will love it.
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I didn't know either - just couldn't be bothered to log on so pressed the button to see whether it worked
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Added this to my comment -

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PS - I got into Sense 1.0 when Peter Chou said that with Sense, you can make it yours. I've owned every version since then.
Yeah. Some days, I am that guy.
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And here's the answer boys and girls!

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If you deselect all feeds, you will have a blank Blinkfeed screen. If you did that you would move another as home screen. I understand what you're saying about data plans, but I have not noticed a significant bump in my data usage as of yet.

I'm not going to pester the guy, the answer seems to be there - "if you did that (turned off all feeds) you would move another as home screen."

So, can definitely disable all feeds, and possibly swap out the blank Blinkfeed window (or park it to where you don't care as he mentioned earlier).

And if he's not seeing a big bump in his data plan, then maybe it has the sense to not update unless you're looking at that screen - they did say that the content only updates on demand, and isn't queued, in one of their vids.

Sounding more and more like a win on Blink.
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Default re: What's up with Blink (Sense 5 discussion)

From Larry Meadows at HTC -

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I forgot to add, I have my Blinkfeed set up to automatically update over WiFi and I can "pull" to update when on mobile network. You also have an option to set Blinkfeed to update on WiFi or Mobile networks.
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Default re: What's up with Blink (Sense 5 discussion)

See earlier - Blink can be configured to only update on demand day demand. Using either launcher, that should alleviate that.

Also, while the Blinkfeed screen has to stay on the Internet Sense launcher, it needn't be the default screen according to HTC.

Is this true?

PS - which app is that?
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See earlier - Blink can be configured to only update on demand day demand. Using either launcher, that should alleviate that.

Also, while the Blinkfeed screen has to stay on the Internet Sense launcher, it needn't be the default screen according to HTC.

Is this true?
Yes, you can make any of the screens your default homescreen so when you press the home key it goes to that screen, but you can't alter the position of the Blinkfeed screen to have it in the middle of 5 screens, it will always be the first screen.

PS, Memory Booster Lite.

Here you go, 3 homescreens, middle screen is set to "Home", if i add another 2 screens they get added on after the calculator screen and you can't change the order of the Blinkfeed, it stays locked as the first screen.
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See earlier - Blink can be configured to only update on demand day demand. Using either launcher, that should alleviate that.

Also, while the Blinkfeed screen has to stay on the Internet Sense launcher, it needn't be the default screen according to HTC.

Is this true?

PS - which app is that?
Yep, the Verge video review demonstrates this at about 3 minutes in - HTC One review | The Verge
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This is a good thread and has given me pause for thought and the ammo to go and do a bit of a net-trawl for Blinkfeed info.

If I can add everything I need to this Blinkfeed, so Facebook, all my email accounts, Twitter plus various forums I am a member of, then I will use it. I definitely don't want it as my first page though and I really don't want it to be 'left' of my home screen. In my opinion, if we are stuck with it having to be there, then I would much rather have the option of deciding where to put it.

After some digging (link below refer), Blinkfeed works by launching the corresponding native app when the icon is tapped, so Twitter in the native Twitter app. The issue is I don't like the native Twitter app as it doesn't offer my the level of granularity I want; I prefer to use Tweetbot instead. I'm stuffed with Blinkfeed unless there is a way to get Blinkfeed to open in an app of my choosing, which there isn't at the moment (although never say never). I can't add in my own RSS feeds, nor can I add in my email accounts.

If I get this phone, I think I will find a launcher and just get rid of Blinkfeed in its entirety as it's not really allowing me the customisation I want.

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Yes, you can make any of the screens your default homescreen so when you press the home key it goes to that screen, but you can't alter the position of the Blinkfeed screen to have it in the middle of 5 screens, it will always be the first screen.

PS, Memory Booster Lite.

Here you go, 3 homescreens, middle screen is set to "Home", if i add another 2 screens they get added on after the calculator screen and you can't change the order of the Blinkfeed, it stays locked as the first screen.
Being able to select any screen you wish as a default/home screen is a fair compromise w/having BLINKFEED in the #1 slot.I wouldn't expect HTC to bury it two or three clicks away,etc...,.as we all know this is part of the package.

Would we like to have the option to totally disable BLINKFEED?Sure,having choices reigns supreme.Do I realistically expect this option in a future update?
No,but,first impressions indicate that it's not in the way,or,bogging things down,etc...

As powerful as phones have become,having extra add-on features to the O/S isn't a detriment to the usability of a phone as it once was.

Just as I do w/my SGS III,I use what I like & ignore the rest.I'm holding off judgement on BLINKFEED until I actually get the phone in hand,but,w/the exception of the ANDROID purists (NEXUS crowd),I think BLINKFEED will be a pleasant surprise.
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I'm switching between Sense and Nova Launcher at the minute.

I think Blinkfeed could be better with more feeds etc.....so i keep trying it, and switching to Nova for a bit of what i'm used to.

One thing that is annoying is that if i choose the "Football" feed.....i get standard Football.....and that funny type of Football that they play with a weird shaped ball and wear suits full of armour plating........

I'm the same as you though, will be running a custom rom soon.....i already know the one i'll be running, but i'm hanging off to see if we can get S-Off on the device quite soon. I was very tempted on the first day to Root and rom, but managed to hold off, for how long i don't know (i lasted 2 weeks when i got my One X on launch day last year )
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Sense cannot be completely remove unless you install cook ROM right?
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Sense cannot be completely remove unless you install cook ROM right?
Yeah, a launcher won't completely remove Sense, but from what I've been reading... it fixes most of the complaints, most of the "weirdness" with sense. The dialer and music player and such are pretty highly regarded in Sense, a launcher won't touch those.
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I know much of the complaints/quirks of the HTC ONE relate to tasks involved in Sense 5: blinkfeed, app drawer, moving apps to the home screen, from the dock, etc...

Is anyone actually going to stick with Sense 5 or are we all running Nova/Apex/GO launchers?

"Ain't nobody got time for that" persistent power save mode in the notification shade either, so I know I'll be running a custom ROM as well.

The hardware and camera features are the big hit of this phone. Pair it with a "better" launcher and even a custom ROM and this phone is damn near perfect.
*taking cover* I actually LIKE Sense, or at least the iterations I've dealt with, so I'll probably hang with it a while at least. Never stayed on a Sense-less ROM for a full day.. I'm a bit of a twitter junky, and my wife can't stay off Facebook, so we'll hang with it for a while...
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I'm not completely "Senseless"

I like to run a "Sense" rom, but like the options to remove what i don't like and keep what i do.

The rom is already there for me (OrDroid), been using for almost the whole time i had my One X.......just waiting for the extra options to remove Blink if i want to, or at least move it around in my screens, and S-off.....although i'm getting twitchy........i feel the need to Root!
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For the longest time, I really enjoyed the news reader in Sense 1. Eventually they removed the option to add my own feeds so I moved on.

I think that I'll go ask on their blog if they might slip out if they're going to consider that update.

I wonder what they were thinking when they didn't include it, or dropped it from their old news reader.

I've tried others, but after the neato cool wears off, I've ended up forgetting about them.

I never experienced that with the built-in one though. Odd, yeah?
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So, it makes sense to like the new sense?

Interesting observation coming from you old school rooters...
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So, it makes sense to like the new sense?

Interesting observation coming from you old school rooters...
Yep.

I've liked a stock-rooted Sense rom personally.

Some posts moved to http://androidforums.com/htc-one-all-things-root/701769-htc-one-has-bootloader-unlock-issues-workable-though.html
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Yep.

I've liked a stock-rooted Sense rom personally....
Me too. I've tried MIUI, CM, Senseless d3rp, but never more than an hour or few. Can't seem to get the hang of the UIs.



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I put Nova back on the One but to be honest, I prefer the raw Sense 5 interface so i'm just going to stick with that for the moment.
So before the One, Nova was your launcher, and you like Sense 5, better? That would be very interesting to find more folks that used to prefer another launcher and now prefer Sense 5.!
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So before the One, Nova was your launcher, and you like Sense 5, better? That would be very interesting to find more folks that used to prefer another launcher and now prefer Sense 5.!
Pretty much, yes.

I do miss being able to change the number of icons in the dock and put more apps on a page but overall I really do like the clean Sense 5 look. Admittedly, it's the first time I have even played with an HTC phone, much less owned one but I really like the stock UI. I imagine I will put Nova or Apex on it at some point but for the moment Sense 5 is sitting pretty with me.
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Will the HTC One's BlinkFeed have AF/Phandroid on it?
Individual RSS feeds weren't offered at launch but are rumored to be coming, that's required to support us as I recall.
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Confused Blinkfeed Calendar not working

Anyone else having problems getting the calendar to come up properly in Blinkfeed?

I'll admit, It really don't want any social features on Blinkfeed and I'm looking forward to more productivity services for it.

So at present, the only thing I want in there is the calendar but it simply won't appear on it's own. I have to add another feed to get it to pop up and even then it doesn't keep track of the day. It's currently just sitting there displaying Saturday's entries.
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Anyone else having problems getting the calendar to come up properly in Blinkfeed?

I'll admit, It really don't want any social features on Blinkfeed and I'm looking forward to more productivity services for it.

So at present, the only thing I want in there is the calendar but it simply won't appear on it's own. I have to add another feed to get it to pop up and even then it doesn't keep track of the day. It's currently just sitting there displaying Saturday's entries.
Hmmm, I didn't realize that was an option. Unfortunately, though, I'm in the US and haven't gotten a chance to play just yet. If you find a solution, please post. I was spoiled by the Palm Pre's calendar, and keep looking for something kind of similar. Thanks!
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Default Can Blinkfeed be completely removed?

I know you can reassign your Home screen to a different panel, but does this mean that Blinkfeed will still be using up one of your seven panels, or can it be removed altogether? Or are you only left with six customizable panels? Or does Blinkfeed perhaps use an eighth panel, so you still have seven?
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I know you can reassign your Home screen to a different panel, but does this mean that Blinkfeed will still be using up one of your seven panels, or can it be removed altogether? Or are you only left with six customizable panels? Or does Blinkfeed perhaps use an eighth panel, so you still have seven?
No Blinkfeed cannot be removed. At least not without rooting and a custom ROM I imagine. Also I am pretty sure you can only have 5 panels (6 including Blinkfeed) but I could be wrong.
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Read this blog thread. good info.

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No Blinkfeed cannot be removed. At least not without rooting and a custom ROM I imagine. Also I am pretty sure you can only have 5 panels (6 including Blinkfeed) but I could be wrong.
Install custom launcher like Nova. Blinkfeed out of the way, no rooting.
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Does that have anything to do with wifi/cellular updating in settings or has that been covered?
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Does that have anything to do with wifi/cellular updating in settings or has that been covered?
I'm not sure what you mean. I have my Auto refresh set to "Using mobile data or Wi-Fi" but it does not Auto refresh.
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I'm not sure what you mean. I have my Auto refresh set to "Using mobile data or Wi-Fi" but it does not Auto refresh.
Ok, that's what I meant. I was going by my discussion with HTC, so I apologize for not describing it well.

Do you have background data on under accounts in your settings? That should be the default.

After that, I got nothing, so it would be a bug as you expected.
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Anyone else having problems getting the calendar to come up properly in Blinkfeed?

I'll admit, It really don't want any social features on Blinkfeed and I'm looking forward to more productivity services for it.

So at present, the only thing I want in there is the calendar but it simply won't appear on it's own. I have to add another feed to get it to pop up and even then it doesn't keep track of the day. It's currently just sitting there displaying Saturday's entries.
I'm having the same problem. I've searched without any luck for a solution. Has anyone found a solution for this yet?

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So the lovely people that designed HTC Sense giv us 4 options for "customize" out lock screen without downloading a locker. All 4, but one, keep the default 4 icons on the bottom of the screen for "quick launch" capability. There is a problem with this, they are not easily customizable. I dont want to launch my camera from the lock screen or my internet. In fact, I just want a lock screen with NO apps on it.

Is this possible or do I just have to use the 5 choice of no lock screen at all? Anyone else notice this? Anyone else fixed it and I am just blind? I am a 4 year Android user here and I feel like somethings are just getting more difficult instead of less. Love this phone though!
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Default App drawer (Sense) customization?

Is it possible to customize the HTC One app drawer (with the stock launcher and no root)?

The new drawer is more like a home screen. It has the clock at the top, the launcher bar at the bottom. And the menu and button for the play-store are hidden. If I wanted something like this, I could just make up a home screen. Wish I could revert to a basic app drawer without all the extra's.
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Yes. Pull it down as if you are refreshing your email or blink feed. You will see alphabetical. Hit that than you will see the option for custom
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Default [Sense 5] Any way to get toggles in the drop down menu?

Any way to get toggles to turn on/off things like wifi, bluetooth, brightness, location, etc... to drop down from the notification menu?
Right now, you have to drop down, then press the settings button in the top right to get to any toggles... kind of an annoying step.

I had a jailbroken iPhone 5 and intelliscreenX was SO clutch in the notification menu, so I just got used to it.

I know there's toggle widgets, but they're all so unflattering IMO. I hide them on the 2nd or 3rd page, which kinda defeats the purpose haha
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Red face UK Blinkfeed is more US based.

Hi All,

I have just recieved my new HTC one and in general im very pleased with the phone, I moved up from a desire HD.

The one question I have is in regards to the HTC blinkfeed. I have set it all up as best I can but the problem I find is most content is either from or aimed at the US.

I have selected UK and tried to filter the topics but an awful lot of the content it puts on my feed is from American News etc. Is there any other way to change this and maybe point it to the BBC site for its info. I know the phone is very new and so there is limited info on it but although many people I have read about do not like Blinkfeed I can actually see the benefit but obviously only if its relvant to where I live. I dont mind getting global news but it seems to be overun with Local American topics, and as much as I love reading how George bush likes his Pancakes etc id really love to know whats going on a bit closer to home!

Any help on this would be great.

Oh and great site !!

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Hi Chris, and welcome to AF

I don't know about the BBC (don't have the phone myself so far), but I remember reading that the Guardian and Independent were amongst the sources available.

Everyone hopes the list will be expanded
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yes blinkfeed works in landscape when media link is on (see photo) but i would like it to be that way even when NOT using the ML...
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I don't know whether you guys have tried this: -

If you want to read a Blinkfeed story in landscape 'mode', slide all the way down the story and click on 'View original story'. You can then read the article in landscape 'mode'.

Apologies if this has already been posted on this thread or elsewhere.

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hi ive had my HTC ONE for couple weeks now. i always liked on my htc sensation the people widget as it came in a couple of styles ( i liked one coloum that scrolled) on the htc one it only has a full screen. is it possible to get the sensation stlye that scrolls onto my ONE.... ive tried a few widgets from the store but the htc one worked well...ant idea


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Just load the widget on whichever page you choose.

Then, long-press on the widget & you'll see four blue lines appear, surrounding the widget.
This means the widget is ready for re-sizing.

Once you re-size the widget, you'll find the scrolling feature works.
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Did I miss something or is there no email widget on this phone? There only seems to be the standard one with gmail. Coming over from the Galaxy S3.
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Did I miss something or is there no email widget on this phone? There only seems to be the standard one with gmail. Coming over from the Galaxy S3.
I guess technically no, but you can just add the HTC email app to any of your screen which you can sync a few emails to.
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I guess technically no, but you can just add the HTC email app to any of your screen which you can sync a few emails to.
You lost me. And the HTC Sense widget pinned to the left screen has no email, only calendar. I can't find any way to get Exchange mail appearing on a home screen.
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