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HTC rolls out ETE Experience and Android 4.4.4 to One M8

News by Luke Jones on Friday October 10, 2014.

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HTC launched the Desire EYE a couple of days ago, a new mid-range (nay flagship) smartphone with a dual camera setup of 13 megapixel lens on the rear and 13 megapixel lens on the front. Aside from the high res modules, HTC also showed off some accompanying software called the EYE Experience that offers a bunch of features. The company said the EYE Experience would be rolling out to a number of other HTC handsets soon and now it is arriving on the One M8.

The Taiwanese company's One M8 flagship is of course rocking the 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera on the rear and a 5 megapixel standard affair on the front. Now it also gets the EYE Experience software as well as a full upgrade to Android 4.4.4, the latest build of Google's mobile platform. You may remember that the One M8 previously had Android 4.4.3 with the bug fixes of 4.4.4 thrown in, but now it gets the full 4.4.4 treatment.

At the moment it only seems users in Europe are pulling the patch over the air, but the roll out will go global, of course depending on your region and carrier as to when you will receive it. If you want to get it yourself now and are running the international M8 then you can hit up the source and download the 252MB update yourself. As for the EYE Experience, here?s a recap of what we wrote about that two days ago:

The EYE Experience will eventually roll out to most HTC handsets, but for now it is exclusive to the Desire EYE. It is basically a new set of photography features and software, most of which we have seen before, and most of which are probably unnecessary. That said, there are some interesting things here too, such as a new face tracking system which can be used in conference calls to track up to four faces and display them all in a separate frame on the screen. Hardly something the consumer space is screaming for, but a nice touch nonetheless and one that is sure to appeal to the business minded and even regular Skype users.

There are other playful features too, such as Face Fusion that splices two faces together for something that I imagine looks awful. Split Capture lets the user take a rear picture and selfie to put both in a split-pane view; Live Makeup adds some "makeup," handy if you look like me. Photo Booth takes four pictures and collects them into a photo booth-like set of frames. HTC has also included voice capture for selfie shots, you just have say "cheese" to take photos ("rolling" for video).

The EYE Experience will be coming to other high end HTC devices in the near future, including the One M7, M8, E8, Butterfly 2, One mini and mini 2, One max, Desire 816 and 820.

source: XDA

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