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HTC teases new Edge Sense features for its squeezable U11 smartphone

HTC teases new Edge Sense feat...
In a video released today, HTC has expanded on the functionality of its Edge Sense technology a little
In a video released today, HTC has expanded on the functionality of its Edge Sense technology a little
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In a video released today, HTC has expanded on the functionality of its Edge Sense technology a little
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In a video released today, HTC has expanded on the functionality of its Edge Sense technology a little
Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone
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Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone
When HTC unveiled its new flagship smartphone the U11 last month, the most interesting feature was a so-called Edge Sense technology
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When HTC unveiled its new flagship smartphone the U11 last month, the most interesting feature was a so-called Edge Sense technology
Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone
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Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone
It must be said, when it comes to points of difference for a smartphone, Edge Sense does have a distinctly gimmicky feel to it
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It must be said, when it comes to points of difference for a smartphone, Edge Sense does have a distinctly gimmicky feel to it
Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone
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Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the HTC U11 smartphone

When HTC unveiled its new flagship U11 smartphone last month, the most interesting feature was a so-called Edge Sense technology that basically lets you squeeze the device to perform certain actions. The company is continuing to build out this feature, and today released a little video hinting at what it has in store.

Edge Sense serves as basically another input method for the smartphone, should you find yourself – you know – fed up with the terribly cumbersome touchscreen and buttons. The company touted it as an easier way to do things like snap photos or open Google Assistant, which can be handled by squeezing the pressure-sensitive areas around the phone's edges.

In a video released today, HTC has expanded on this functionality a little. Want to zoom in on Google Maps? Give it a squeeze. Zoom in on something in a photo? Have a squeeze. Ready to zoom back out? Squeeze. Want to answer the phone, silence an alarm or hang up on a call? You guessed it, squeeze away my friend.

It must be said, when it comes to points of difference for a smartphone, Edge Sense does have a distinctly gimmicky feel to it. These newly revealed features don't do much to change that, but then again, maybe it is something that could become intuitive and practical the more you squeeze? You can check out the video below.

HTC U11: What's Next from Edge Sense

1 comment
Tanstar
I think it will be much more natural way to do things. Answering or ending a call and taking pictures without having to locate the button (thus moving the phone from your face in the case of a call or taking your focus off your subject in the case of a photo) would be great. It really just depends on how well they engineer it, both physically and software wise.