How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

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So you bought a brand new HTC One (M8) and you noticed two camera lenses on the back. What can you do with them? You can actually do a lot of things with them, and the video below walks you through everything. The main lens is the same UltraPixel 4MP lens that appeared on last year’s HTC One (M7) and the other smaller lens is 2MP, and is used for depth. This setup allows you to apply different effects to your photos such as changing focal points (Ufocus), applying effects to just the foreground or background (Foregrounder), adding fun clothing accessories or snow, and even copying a person out of one photo and pasting them into another photo (Copy & Paste).

In this video, I will show you how to use each and every one one of these features. Now I must stress that in order to use these features, you must be in the basic Camera setting. It will not work when any special effects are applied or if you used the zoom. It won’t work in Zoe mode either. So if you’re a Zoe fan like myself, you will have to know beforehand that you want to implement one of these effects, and switch back to the basic Camera setting.

Okay, it’s time to learn about some of the cool tricks you can do on the HTC One (M8), so hit the break to find out how to make your photos look a little more stunning than they already are.

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Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

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What comes to mind when you think of the HTC One (M8)? Certainly the high quality build and BoomSound, but the camera is right up there as well. Ever since the HTC One (M7), HTC has put a heavy emphasis on their UltraPixel camera, Zoes, and Video Highlights. The HTC One (M8) brings another additional feature: the Duo Camera.

Sense 6 also brings a new Camera app along with a few changes to the Gallery. The Camera app now features a slew of manual settings for the more advanced users, and the Gallery is more flexible. In this video, I will walk you through the Camera app and all its settings as well as show you how to get the most out of the Gallery.

If you want to dive deeper into the different effects, I will be uploading more videos soon. Hit the break to learn more about the different Camera and Gallery options.

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The HTC One (M8) has a thick bottom bezel for a reason

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When it comes to the bezels on the HTC One (M8), it is no different than last year. There are complaints that the bottom portion with HTC’s logo is completely unnecessary. Contrary to that, an HTC executive has come forward with an explanation. According to Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, there “is a huge amount of circuitry, antennae, etc.” So clearly there is a purpose. Gordon took to Twitter to assure everyone that there is no dead space. While you may be disappointed that the bezel is still thick, just remember that HTC did switch to on-screen buttons rather than keeping last year’s bizarre setup.

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How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

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HTC’s BlinkFeed was first introduced on the HTC One (M7), so it’s no surprise that it found its way onto the HTC One (M8). BlinkFeed helps you keep track of the news that matters to you. Just like other apps such as this, you can also follow social networks and app data such as your calendar.

HTC makes it very easy to add content. Just tap on the action menu and you will see all the sources you are following. You can easily add content by category or by site. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to add content that isn’t part of BlinkFeed’s pre-selected sites, but it can be done. The good news is that HTC does offer a decent variety of stuff.

In this video, I show you how to setup BlinkFeed with pre-selected sources,  how to add sites that aren’t already included in HTC’s curated list, and how to turn off BlinkFeed if you so wish. So what are you waiting for? Hit the break to get started.

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Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

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With every major phone, HTC always releases the next version of Sense along with it. This time around, with the HTC One (M8), it’s Sense 6 or “Sixth Sense.” If you’re new to HTC phones, Sense is HTC’s proprietary user interface, or skin they install on top of Android. It has evolved a lot over the years, but they haven’t changed it all that much since Sense 5. That is a good thing because consumers like consistency.

HTC did make a few enhancements with Sense 6, and they appear to be for the better. In this video, I walk you through the UI and explain how things work. I won’t get into BlinkFeed or the Camera interface in this video, but I will very soon. For this guide, I wanted to concentrate on the essentials of the main UI, and help you get comfortable with it. So hit the break and find out everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8).

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Here’s why Samsung thinks the Galaxy S 5 is more superior than the HTC One (M8)

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It’s not surprising that Samsung thinks their flagship, the Galaxy S 5, is more superior than the HTC One (M8). We haven’t completed our review of either phone, but there is a pretty good chance that the media is going to side with HTC on this. The Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next week and training materials have leaked showing why the Galaxy S 5 is a better phone, at least according to Samsung.

HTC’s claim to fame has been the metal design, but as I always say, beauty is only skin deep. Whether you are a Samsung fan or an HTC fan, Samsung does make a decent case as to why consumers should choose the GS5.

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HTC Butterfly Android 4.4 KitKat update gets the “coming soon” label

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Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.

In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

HTC One M8 Mini may launch in May

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HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_01The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.


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HTC Sense 6 apps now unofficially available for non-HTC devices

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Last week, HTC uploaded a few Sense 6 apps into the Play Store. But unlike Motorola, they might have plans to offer some of them to other Android users in the future. That probably won’t be for several months, but thanks to XDA Senior Member Ashutos1997, you can try a few of them now.

The Play Store apps are only visible to the HTC One (M8) and a few other HTC devices, but he downloaded them and made them available for you to install as third-party APKs. This includes the HTC Service Pack, BlinkFeed, SenseTV, Zoe, the Gallery, and the Music app. For now, only the Service Pack, Zoe and SenseTV works. You will need to also install the libs and framework files for Zoe. He does have the libs and framework files for the Gallery, but the app isn’t functional at the moment. Also, BlinkFeed can be opened, but the feeds won’t load.

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