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  • nathanddrews - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    "In discussions with HTC, it seems clear that they are prioritizing user experience first over a monetization strategy. This is made clearer by the fact that there aren't any in-app purchases at this point in time."

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/4F4qzPbcFiA/maxresdefault.j...
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  • cosmotic - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    Cool, more "labels as buttons" UIs. Amateurs. Reply
  • Flunk - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    It sounds like you're unfamiliar with Google's "Material" UI Style. If that bothers you I suggest you brace yourself because everything is about to get a whole lot flatter. Reply
  • willis936 - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    Medical Mechanica smoothing out the wrinkles on your, uh, screen. Reply
  • Araemo - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    Nice FLCL reference. I agree that too-flat a UI is a hindrance to discoverability and usability. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    HTC creates a social network with a bizarre name and only for Android devices? Should takeoff like wildfire... Reply
  • mwarner1 - Friday, August 15, 2014 - link

    Like the HTC Wildfire! Reply
  • amjw - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    However I value Anandtech usually for diving deeper into the technical background of, there seems to be a lack of technical detail in this article, focusing solely on the more uhmmm... business side of things, so to say.

    I was curious for example in which video format the Zoe movies are posted, and what the resolution is. I had to dig a bit on the internet, but I found this article with more technical background on this http://tweakers.net/nieuws/97846/htc-brengt-app-vo...

    Basically it is:
    - always posted to Zoe.com and not posted to for example Facebook directly (only posting a link)
    - a webm video
    - 1280x720 pixels, 25 frames per second
    - audio is 128kbps, 2 channel stereo

    And oh yes, it can only be installed on some devices, only Samsung, LG, Google and HTC's own devices.

    That's about it. Would love to know even more, like if the apk can be sideloaded on other devices that are not supported (yet), like from Sony or Huawei. Could you elaborate on this and more of the technical details?
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  • teiglin - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    It isn't compatible with my Moto X nor Z1 Compact (both running 4.4). I think the gallery and related features was the best thing about Sense 5 on my first-gen One, so this is disappointing, to say the least. Reply
  • hojnikb - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    As a HTC owner stuck on 4.2.2 i am greatly dissapointed. Reply
  • austinsguitar - Thursday, August 14, 2014 - link

    am i the only one who thinks this is utterly anoying and pointless? Reply
  • mwarner1 - Friday, August 15, 2014 - link

    Pretend it doesn't exist and your life will return to normal Reply
  • AnnonymousCoward - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - link

    How about the ability to crop a video or re-encode it to a smaller size. Do they offer that ability yet? Reply

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