HTC To Offer Sense Home 8 To Non-HTC Android Units, Company To Spin Off VR

HTC To Offer Sense Home 8 To Non-HTC Android Units, Company To Spin Off VR
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HTC is changing up things as the company has started to offer Sense Home 8 to non-Android devices. Furthermore, the company is to spin off its Vive offering in an attempt to woo in more partners and investors. Can HTC change the game for itself?


HTC Sense Home 8 Offer

HTC already has a number of apps in the Play Store, which means it can seed out updates even though the full system update is not available. More importantly, it can do so quickly and efficiently. Likewise, this will expand the company’s reach.

Decoupling the apps will make them more available to other units. including those not under HTC but have similar systems like other Android models. One of the more interesting apps more people can now access is the HTC Zoe. The program allows people to shoot and develop creative short videos that can be played and managed through any Android device.

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Additionally, Phone Arena reported that HTC is getting ready to offer the Sense Home 8 to non-HTC Android devices sometime in the future. The platform will be accessible through a closed beta but for select users only. This will require them to run Android 4.4 or newer. However, there is no way to become a beta tester on the user’s accord. The company is choosing the testers.

HTC Vive’s New Direction

Additionally, GSM Arena reported that HTC is planning to spin off the VR division. The unit is responsible for the production of the HTC Vive in coordination with game maker and distributor Valve. The move is expected to appeal to more strategic partners and investors. It can also build HTC’s brand in the fast growing VR market.

“Alliance agreements will help HTC enhance its competitiveness and play a more important role in the growing global VR market,” explained President of Global Sales, Chia-lin Chang.

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