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HTC One and HTC Desire Families – What’s New and Different in Android 4.4/Sense 5.5

The Android 4.4/Sense 5.5 Update to the HTC One and HTC Desire families of devices introduces an exciting set of new features and improvements. Please see the details below for details on the new features and improvements to existing features.

Overview
BlinkFeed
Location Settings
Gallery Application
Music Application
“Do Not Disturb” Setting
Lock Screen Widget Process
Cloud Print
Under the Hood

Status of Update and Updating Instructions

Variant Status Instructions
Unlocked HTC One (M7) Complete N/A
HTC One (M7) Developer Edition Complete

N/A

AT&T HTC One (M7) Complete View
Sprint HTC One (M7) Complete View
T-Mobile HTC One (M7) Complete View
Verizon HTC One (M7) Complete View
Bell HTC One (M7) Complete N/A
Rogers HTC One (M7) Complete N/A
TELUS Complete N/A
Wind Complete N/A
AT&T HTC One mini Complete View
Sprint HTC One max Complete View
Verizon HTC One max Complete View
C Spire HTC One (M7) Certification N/A
Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 601 Certification N/A
Bell HTC Desire 601 Complete N/A
Rogers HTC Desire 601 Complete N/A
Telus HTC Desire 601 Complete N/A
Wind HTC Desire 601 Complete N/A

At a Glance Features

HTC One Sense 5.0 feature HTC One w/ Sense 5.5
HTC BlinkFeed™ Updated interface and more news sources
Location settings Updated interface and new location profiles
HTC Gallery Updated interface and new video highlight options
Music Channel Updated interface
Lock Screen Widgets New, more simple process to add lock screen widgets
New Features

Cloud print
New Bluetooth profiles
Security enhancements

Updated BlinkFeed

The menu at the top of the BlinkFeed screen has been replaced with a new menu that is accessed by swiping in from the left side of the screen. This new menu gives you quicker access to switch content sources and search for custom topics.

Updated Blinkfeed

If BlinkFeed is not for you, you now have the ability to turn it off. To toggle BlinkFeed on or off, perform a pinch-in gesture on the Home screen to access the edit screen and tap BLINKFEED ON or BLINKFEED OFF at the top-left of the screen.

Updated Blinkfeed

Updated Location Settings

The Location settings have been redesigned to make it easier to use and to provide new options to improve Battery Life.


The new screen includes a master switch to turn all location settings on or off, as well as a listing of which apps are currently using location services and the estimated battery use of each app.

Updated Location Settings

A new setting has also been added that allows you to choose between the following location profiles:

  • High accuracy (most battery use)
  • Battery saving (least battery use)
  • Device sensors (GPS only)
Updated Location Settings

Redesigned Gallery Application

The Gallery application has been redesigned to make it easier to view different content configurations (folders, highlights, etc.). The drop-down menu at the top has been replaced with panels for each configuration. Simply swipe left or right to switch between panels.


You can also quickly access photos that live on your favorite cloud storage services or social networks.

Redesigned Gallery Application

Additionally, it is now easier to manage end edit your Video Highlights.


From the EVENTS panel, tap the desired event, and then switch to the VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS panel. From here, quickly select the pictures, themes and music you want.

Redesigned Gallery Application

Redesigned Music Application

The Music application has been redesigned to make it easier to view different content configurations (artists, albums, etc.). The drop-down menu at the top has been replaced with panels for each configuration. Simply swipe left or right to switch between panels.

Redesigned Music Application

New “Do Not Disturb” Setting

The new Do not disturb setting is a quick way to keep your phone from distracting you during an important event. Enabling this setting will block incoming calls and turn off sound, vibration and LED notifications.


You can also set it to return to normal mode after a set period of time. To access Do not disturb, go to Settings > Sound > Do not disturb.

New Do Not Disturb Setting

Updated Process to Add Lock Screen Widgets

To access the lock screen widget panels, simply swipe left from the lock screen. Tap the + icon to choose a widget to add to the lock screen

 

Lock Screen Widgets

Cloud Print

Print documents to a Google Cloud Print Ready printer, direct to Google Drive or to another printer configured in the Google Cloud Print service. For more details about Cloud Print, please visit http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/.

Under the Hood

  • New Bluetooth Profiles
    • Bluetooth HID for low power peripheral devices
    • Bluetooth MAP for exchanging information with another nearby device
  • Security enhancements