HTC One M8: Gets Back Zoe Camera Mode, Will Be Upgraded to Android M as it Skips the 5.1.1 Update, And More

The HTC One M8, also known as the all new HTC One is one of the high-performer devices from HTC. Spec-wise, the M8 does not disappoint. The device measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm in dimensions and has a weight of 160 grams.

It has a Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. With a 5.0 inches screen size, it has a ~66.7% screen-to-body ratio. The display resolution is full-HD at 1080×1920 pixels with a decent pixel density of 441ppi.

It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports Multi-Touch. The device is powered by the HTC Sense UI 6.0. The One M8 released with Android KitKat v4.4.2 and was later upgradable to Android Lollipop 5.0.

Under the hood, the HTC One M8 has a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 chipset and a Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400 CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU.

It has a dual 4MP camera with 2688х1520 pixels and comes with autofocus and dual-LED, dual-tone flash. Other features include a 1/3” sensor size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording and 2µm pixel size pixel size. It also has HDR, panorama, geo-tagging and face/smile detection.

It has a secondary 5MP front-facing camera that records videos at 1080p@30 fps and 720p@120 fps. It further supports stereo sound rec. and HDR. One of the more interesting features of the HTC One M8 is the ability to fast-charge the device (60% in 30 minutes) with the help of Quick Charge 2.0.

The HTC flagships smartphones have a Zoe Camera mode which allows the users to take a photo and also let the users capture a combination of burst shots along with a 3 second video clip. It further comes with advanced editing features in the Gallery as object smile, sequence shot and object removal.

Zoe was so popular that HTC expanded this feature into a sort of social network which it opened up to other hardware as well. As a result, according to Android Police, Zoe’s original form started to disappear in flagship devices.

This application is used most commonly in making quasi-GIFs in the HTC One M7 when it was introduced back in 2013. When the One M8 hit the markets in 2014, it came with the same feature equipped. Following requests from users, HTC is now bringing back the ability to shoot Zoe using the camera application in its two popular smartphone line-up, the Butterfly series and the One series.

These include devices like the HTC One M8 and the HTC Butterfly 2. The recent update also includes many forms of fixes along with several performance improvements as well.

The feature has been introduced to the present flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9. HTC’s plans to revive Zoe are a bit hasty but users will be happy that Zoe is again back on their devices. On the other hand, HTC doesn’t appear to be in a rush when bringing out the updates for their flagship devices.

According to recent trends, HTC might skip the Android 5.1.1 update altogether and directly skip to the Android M update when it officially rolls out in the end of this year. A gap in the update generation is generally reserved for the latest flagship offerings and so it seems like the M8 users are in a bit of luck.

It was expected that the flagship models from HTC like the M9 and the M9+ would receive the Android M update first but HTC seems to have included the M8 as well. Besides the already-discussed features of Android M that will be introduced. ‘Doze’ will be added through Android M and the users will also be able to delete all previously-used connections including Bluetooth.