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Sense 5/6 discussion / setup (Blink feed, etc.)Support

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  1. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

  2. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Ok, so HTC replied -


    So I asked again like this -

    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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  4. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Well that's a masterclass in how to politely and positively respond to an answer that misses the point :D
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  5. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    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. ;)
  6. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    I'm a Discus mod and I did not know that! :p :D

    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.
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    I didn't know either - just couldn't be bothered to log on so pressed the button to see whether it worked ;)
  8. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Added this to my comment -

    Yeah. Some days, I am that guy. :p :)
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  9. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Too many and it's hidden. ;) :D
  10. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    And here's the answer boys and girls! :)

    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. :)
  11. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    From Larry Meadows at HTC -

    Nice. :)
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  12. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    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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  13. craftycarper

    craftycarper Well-Known Member

    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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  14. Scootmien

    Scootmien Well-Known Member Contributor

    Yep, the Verge video review demonstrates this at about 3 minutes in - HTC One review | The Verge
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  15. Scootmien

    Scootmien Well-Known Member Contributor

    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.

    HTC One hands-on: Sense 5, BlinkFeed and TV - SlashGear
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  16. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    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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  17. craftycarper

    craftycarper Well-Known Member

    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........:p

    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 :D)
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  18. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    Sense cannot be completely remove unless you install cook ROM right?
  19. RaLeX

    RaLeX Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. toad6386

    toad6386 Well-Known Member

    *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... :D
  21. craftycarper

    craftycarper Well-Known Member

    I'm not completely "Senseless":D

    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!:smokingsomb:
  22. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    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?
  23. marctronixx

    marctronixx Moderator Moderator

    So, it makes sense to like the new sense? :eek:

    Interesting observation coming from you old school rooters...
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  24. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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  25. toad6386

    toad6386 Well-Known Member

    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. :confused:

    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.! :D
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