Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York
HTC CEO Peter Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York March 25, 2014. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software, the company said.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

HTC's UI Sense v6.0 made its debut along with the flagship smartphone One M8 in March and now, as the new UI update begins to roll out to older models, company has detailed the stand-out features of its new custom software.

The new firmware comes with enhanced visual appeal, updated color palate with more themes, more news sources for BlinkFeed and simplified apps for Camera (Zoe), Gallery and Apps Tray.

Here is a brief description of HTC Sense v6.0 features:

Color-coded Themes: The HTC applications have now been provided with color codes for easy navigation. User can personalize the color themes in the settings options.

Settings >> Personalize >> Theme

HTC BlinkFeed: This feature has been simplified for smooth scrolling experiences, and a new interface and sidebar has also been introduced to enable user to add new content and easier navigation with options of nearby restaurant recommendations.

Camera (Zoe): The app interface has been made more user-friendly by introducing quick access to different camera modes via new 'Zoe Camera' mode with 3-in-1 solution, where in the user can tap shutter button to take a photo, and if it is hold for up to 3 more seconds, you can launch the camera to burst-shot mode and also switch to video mode.

Gallery: Like in previous updates, the user-interface has been simplified and also brought in 'Image match' for faster and easier access to the photos and new location option 'Point of Interest' (POI) for Map view.

Customizable Fonts and Re-hashed Apps Tray: With the new update, users will now be able to choose 3 pre-loaded fonts for default apps and settings menu. (Additional fonts can be downloaded from Google Play store). In the HTC Sense v6.0 update, the short-cut widget 'Apps tray' has been re-designed to make it more simpler for quicker access to customization options.

To personalize the fonts, go to Settings >> Display, gesture & buttons > Font style.

 Other Minor Changes Include:

- Re-designed HTC Sense TV app brings in live scores & stats and other social media integration

- Improved music app with visually appealing themes

- Enhanced mail, message, calendar and phone apps

- Schedule function, a reminder app has been introduced to set specific time and event in Do Not Disturb Mode.

So far, the company has released the new HTC Sense v6.0 only to the HTC One (M7) in Canada and as the roll out process is phased, it is expected to take time to reach other regions.

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