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All New HTC One Features Motion Launch, a Gesture Based Way to Interact With Your Device

March 25, 2014 - Written By Christina Cooper

Now that the All New HTC One has been officially announced, we won’t be hearing anymore rumors about the device. This morning, at 11 AM EST, HTC held their event for the All New HTC One. They detailed the specs, features and availability of the device at the event in New York. Some of the features of the All New HTC One included their dual cameras on the back, the battery saver that extends the life of the battery for up to two weeks and the motion launch that allow users to use certain gestures to activate different features.

The Motion Launch feature was actually showed off a while back, when it was released in a short video demoing different parts of Sense 6. These motion gestures allow the users to activate different features using gesture and button combinations.

If you pick the device up and tap it twice, the screen will turn on. A swipe from ¬†left to right brings you straight to Blinkfeed, and a right to left swipe will bring you to the home screen. If you swipe up from the bottom while the screen is off, you’ll return to the screen that you left the phone on before the screen turned off. Swiping from the top of the phone to the bottom will take you to the voice dialing screen. If you pick the device up when it’s ringing and put it to your ear, you’ll automatically answer the call. Picking the device up in landscape mode and pressing the volume button will automatically launch the camera.

Motion features have become something of a norm for flagship devices, it seems. We’ve seen many of these motion features in the Galaxy S 4, the LG G2 and the Moto X. Motion features make it easier for a consumer to interact with their phone. The Moto X camera twist gesture automatically launches the camera, however it feels unnatural at times. With HTC’s version of this gesture, holding the phone in landscape mode and pressing on the volume button is way more natural, since that’s the way most people hold their phone to take pictures anyway. It’s nice to see manufacturers improve on their features and make them useful to consumers. Are these motion gestures useful to you?