Leaked Sense 6.0 video reveals All New HTC One will support gestures when the display is off

Daniel Bader

March 16, 2014 6:38pm

A new on-device video of the software inside the All New HTC One reveals details about Sense 6.0, the upcoming update to the skin that sits atop Android 4.4.2.

While the video uncovers the fact that Sense 6.0 will look remarkably similar to those running the previous version, there are a few things that set it apart. Aside from the on-screen navigation buttons and slightly flatter icons, the new device will support interaction when the screen is off. Under a section called Motion Gestures, the video displays five built-in swipe or touch solutions.

For example, double-tapping on the screen will turn it on, much like LG’s KnockOn feature. Holding the device in portrait mode and swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen will unlock it if there’s no passcode. Swiping from the left from the right side of the screen will reveal the widget panel, while the opposite movement will launch BlinkFeed. Finally, turning the phone to landscape and holding down the volume button will launch the camera.

It does appear that, despite the lack of branding on the phone’s exterior, Beats Audio will be present in the device. The North American version also looks to be equipped with 32GB of internal storage, in addition to a microSD slot for added capacity, based on a previous leak of a Verizon box.

Finally, because this video was taken by porting a leaked Sense 6.0 build to the current HTC One, the development team behind the project said on Reddit they will release a version for download in the coming days.

  • southerndinner

    Sounds gimmicky at best.

    • Anaron

      I strongly disagree. These are features that I see myself using regularly. Double tap to wake up, for example, would be very useful for me.

    • PG Man

      Agree, the new additions are certainly something I would really use except blinkrap feeder everyone is doing now, it should have been volume UP not frikin down too for the cam. These features were in a Samsung for a while, similar at least, but HTC did the right thing to balls out more features, as they have been stripping things down so much because of a lot of discouragement from I dunno, those who don’t like visuals and more options, I really miss the htc windshield wiper when it rains. The way Android is headed design wise, I only hope Sense keeps dominating it, it’s damn modern and sexy, yet it blends with the droid so well I can definitely say it enhances it !

    • T Town

      Don’t worry PG Man. The article says holding down the volume button, not holding the volume down button. I imagine the volume up or down would launch the camera, maybe even take the photo. We will know for sure in a 8 days.

  • Scotiaman1

    Gimmicky sells ie Samsung Galaxy line

    • southerndinner

      I don’t disagree but it’s hilarious how white knighted HTC will be for it by the same people who ignorantly think S Beam is the same thing as Android Beam.

  • Nauman.Choudhry

    Swiping up from the bottom will unlock the phone… hmm where have i seen that before. BB10 uses the same gesture for unlocking.

    • Anaron

      Are gestures like that patented? If so, it seems unfair. The idea that something like a gesture for unlocking a device shouldn’t be limited to just one company. It should be a standard feature for most smartphones running Android, iOS, WP, and BBOS.

    • Hungrier

      So does Zune HD. Does that mean anything?

  • No

    So this won’t be a feature for the current htc one even if it gets sense update?

    • casey

      this is likely due to how the processor handles always on features, that the s600 didn’t have.

  • Granny is ALIVE!!!!

    Beats audio is NOT on the M8- this is Sense 6.0 running on the original One, which has Beats.

  • Chris

    sounds useful to me. i look forward to these enhancements on my HTC One (2013)

  • KiwiBri

    watching the video on GSM Arena , I saw a FM Radio app installed.. so there could be hope the FM Radio could still be onboard for the New HTC One..

  • Buzz88

    Ripping off BlackBerry 10… it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a lawsuit here. Funny how reviewers always say BB10 is not as good as iOS and Android but then they rip off some of the key features of the OS.

  • T Town

    All looks good with the exception of the NFC logo in the notification bar. Please remove this HTC. I can’t think of one person who wants this.