Mobile Phones Android What is HTC Sense? HTC’s alternative Android UI by Lisa Mildon Lifewire Tech Review Board Member & Writer Lisa Mildon is a Lifewire writer and an IT professional with 30 years of experience. Her writing has appeared in Geekisphere and other publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Lisa Mildon Updated on June 18, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email If you’re using an HTC smartphone for the first time or have recently upgraded to a new model, you may wonder what HTC Sense is. HTC Sense is a customized user interface for HTC smartphones. It has several features unique to HTC, such as Blinkfeed, Edge Launcher, and Sense Input Keyboard, among others. Here we'll look more closely at some of these features. Blinkfeed With a quick swipe to the left, you’ll discover a cool feature called Blinkfeed—a one-stop shop for news and social networks. Here, you’ll receive status updates, videos, and news based on your interests. Blinkfeed can also integrate with other third-party apps like Foursquare and Fitbit to add even more functionality. Need restaurant recommendations? Blinkfeed can do that, too. Picture-in-Picture mode If you’re watching a video on YouTube and maneuver to another app on the phone, Picture-in-Picture mode will shrink the video you’re watching so you can do other things on your phone without interrupting the video. A nice feature of this mode allows you to move the video anywhere on your screen so it’s not blocking whatever you’re trying to use. Edge Launcher With the release of the U12+, the Edge Launcher allows you to squeeze your phone to trigger the convenient menu launcher. The menu, which pops up on the side of the phone, can be configured to have your most used apps or a customized list of apps in either a half circle layout or the typical rectangular layout. HTC Themes You can customize the look of your phone even more with the improved Themes feature. You can individually pick wallpaper, icons, and fonts to suit your tastes. There’s even a way to turn off the grid so you can place shortcuts anywhere on your smartphone screen. Sense Input Keyboard Back in 2015, HTC released 871 colorful emojis to use on their smartphones. Since then, they've scaled back their once famous emoji keyboard to 76 unique emojis. HTC Sense now uses most of Google’s emoji keyboard, thus removing some of the bloat on the old HTC Sense. However, the Sense Input Keyboard is now customizable with many new UI looks and colors to choose from. Sense Home HTC has a handy feature that allows you to set up shortcuts for apps you frequently use, depending on your location. Whether you’re at home, at the office, or somewhere else, you can have a unique set of shortcuts that are tailor-made to your locational needs. Face Unlock Like Samsung, HTC has their own unlocking feature, which uses facial recognition. Using the front-facing camera, Face Unlock will scan your features and automatically unlock your phone if it recognizes you. It even has a low light recognition setup to help reduce the number of failed scans in dimly lit conditions. Boost+ We all use our phones regularly, and most of us notice poor performance or watch as the battery quickly drains. Boost+ allows you to fine-tune your phone’s performance, clean up files, manage your apps, and even improve your battery consumption. Improved Camera Features HTC already had a quality camera before the recent release. The new interface includes more adjustments for fine tuning your image, much like you would with a traditional camera. Plus, it has several handy plug-ins like Panorama, Bokeh, a Photo Booth add-on, and Split Capture, which simultaneously uses both front and back cameras. BoomSound HTC BoomSound simulates the Dolby surround sound we’ve come to love while watching movies, listening to music, and even playing games. It recreates the 5.1 effects for both audio and headphone modes so you can enjoy your videos and other media streams.