Here’s something a little unexpected.
HTC has published a number of updated core system apps to the Google Play Store (Download link), including its BlinkFeed launcher and Zoe camera tool.
This is a divergence from how HTC, and pretty much every other Android manufacturer, has pushed new software to its users. Having the software live on the Google Play Store means that updates can be pushed out to all HTC phone owners at pretty much the same time. No need to update the base firmware, which means no need to seek carrier approval for incremental updates.
The software doesn’t seem to be compatible with older HTC phones just yet, like last year’s One, One Mini or One Max. It’s likely that HTC customers with older phones will need to wait for a system update to Sense UI 6.0 before they can take advantage of this new initiative on Play.
For those playing at home, Motorola is the other major Android phone maker to also post core system tools to Play and update them there. Nokia also does a similar thing on Windows Phone, by having a special ‘Nokia Apps’ section on the Windows Marketplace.