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HTC One M8 for Windows borrows double-tap to wake feature from Nokia

When the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leaked back in February, double-tap to wake was seen in the documentation, suggesting that Nokia's tech was being opened to all OEMs. Fast-forward to August and HTC's new One for Windows is the first non-Lumia Windows Phone to feature this useful technology.

Double-tap to wake came to Nokia Lumias in mid-2013. The optional tool lets users tap their display twice when it is off, letting people turn on their phones without using the power-button. Double-tap has always been a useful feature, especially if you only have one-hand available and you would like to use your phone.

For HTC, the feature goes by the name Motion Launch, and it is located under Settings. Users can enable or disable the feature, as technically this does consume minimal amounts of battery and some people may just not like it.

Motion Launch is not only beneficial for Lumia users considering switching, but it is also necessary for the interactive Dot View case (demo of it and its Cortana integration coming up shortly). Overall though, Motion Launch behaves just like the Nokia's version, making Lumia users feel right at home.

Will other Windows Phone manufacturers follow? We hope so. Watch our video demo above to see it all in action!

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HTC One M8 for Windows borrows double-tap to wake feature from Nokia

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I went to a Verizon store today to check out the M8 but it wasn't ready. They were installing demo software... I'll compare photos next time

I'm really interested in a side by side battery run down test between android and WP on the same hardware. WP has to win, it just has to, but by how much?????????

The Android M8 supports things like 'swipe down to unlock' too.. Looks like that didn't make it to the WP version.

In a video in YouTube, phone arena did said that double tap to WAKE AND SLEEP IS PRESENT. Other than that, no more gestures I suppose.
Edit: As Daniel said, their ain't double tap to lock... My bad

Shame. Double tap to lock would actually be useful. Double tap to wake with high touch sensitivity led to a lot of pocket dials for me. I had to turn it off.

Thats the charm of it mate
The integeration
What difference does it makes in pressing the search button on the lock screen to bring up cortana and swiping down on the screen to bring up cortana?
Actually the latter would require more time too

Yep, sorry guys, just checked it by myself, when you activate motion launch you can activate voice dialling via swiping down when locked. BUT you can enable 'swipe up to unlock'. So same here. Looks like Windows Phone doesn't support this yet..

It does have some cool ringer options beyond face down silent as well. Louder in pocket or lower tone when being moved Automatically answer when held up to your ear.. There are some other pluses and minuses.

HTC didn't borrow this feature. I'm guessing this is one of the few, VERY few customizable features that Microsoft allows manufacturers to implement -_-

I knew it and here WMPOWERUSER said that this feature will not come even though it was shown in various videos. Also double tap to Wake is there too I believe.
Bring it international. I am waiting til November!

"Double tap is nothing new to the M8"

Which is fine, but we're talking about the first OEM to have it besides Nokia for Windows Phone.

Hey Daniel, I'm assuming that the Windows version of the M8 has around 75% better battery life than its Android counterpart is not true?, since I haven't seen an article on WPC about it. (Yet?)

75%?????

 

thats a huge number man..i doubt it.. i use M8 for android and i get 30 hours with heavy use... 

30hours!!!!!!!!! Everywhere else heavy usage gave around 12 hours on Android. I have a M8 and it gets used alot. It will need to recharged at nicht after a das of usage.

So your assertion that they "borrowed" it from Nokia is actually wrong, since it exists on the Android version. You're welcome.

@explosive0

Double tap to wake was on the Lumia line in mid 2013, way before the HTC One for Android. And, as pointed out here, the N9 had it way before then. So no, your correction to my assertion is wrong. You're welcome.

How this phone didn't make Best Phone you can buy right now is beyond me.

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Let's see...

(1) We mentioned it (2) Being only on Verizon in the US, it's a bit disingenuous to suggest a phone that 2/3 of our audience does not have access too should be the 'best phone YOU can buy' (3) We had the phone for 24 hours, not exactly time to declare it a 'winner'

Well that narrows the options dramatically. Only the Icon/930 falls into all of your critera. And wasnt the 925 a carrier exclusive when you wrote the last article? 

"And wasnt the 925 a carrier exclusive when you wrote the last article? "

No. For one, in the US it is on AT&T and T-Mobile, so that is wrong. Two, 2/3 of our audience is NOT in the US, so talking carrier exclusives is a bit meaningless when we're writing for most of the world.

Because only people in the united states on Verizon can get it right now. Hard to make it the best when very few people can get their hands on it.

I turned double-tap off on my Lumia 1520. If I've only got one hand free, using the phone is rarely an option.

Daniel, you forgot to mention in the video that you have to pick the phone up to actually use the feature. Its much different from the nokia devices in that if i have the phone sitting on my desk, i cant double tap to wake like i can on my lumia device.

I think its common sense that the feature will work even if the phone is on the desk.
Daniel just picked it up beacuse he wanted to

The reason why I told daniel that he failed to mention it is because it doesn't work when on a flat surface. You have to have the device in your hand to double tap to wake.

 

In the settings it actually tells you "Pickup the phone in portrait orientation and double tap to wake".

 

Once again you CANNOT leave this on a desk and double tap to wake.

Actually, you are wrong. I have the phone and you don't have to hold it to double tap to wake. It works perfectly fine on a desk. Don't declare absolutes if you don't have the device.

How about the Glance feature? Is it available on any other phones (WP, Android, iOS) besides some Lumias? I've come to rely on that. It would be a high priority feature on my next phone.

Yes, but if double tap can come to this HTC, why can't it--and Glance--come to other Windows Phone's like Samsung Ativ Odyssey and the like?

Considering that the power button is on top, this will be very useful, especially considering the size of this phone.  That's the one thing that is annoying about my wife's HTC 8X (and I guess all HTC phones); I like the ergonomics on my L920 with the power button on the side making it easier to reach while holding it in my hand.

I played around on this phone at Verizon today. Such a nice phone! I'm going to wait for best buy to sell it so I get $50 for free.

I was happy to see the inclusion on double tap to wake when I was going through the settings a few minutes ago but I have to say, also having a Nokia Icon, that the screen really is not very good. I know this is probably just a LCD vs OLED thing but the screen on the One uis much darked then the Icon with autobrightsness on, and when looking at two pictures side by side, especially one I took last evening of a sunset, there is no shadow detail on the One and the colors and whites arent near as bright. Whereas the Icon has sooo much more shadow detail and much much better looking results up in the lit clouds. Still going to test the sound and battery over a couple days but really not in love with the display when compared to my Icon.

That's not specific to oled but to cbd ( clear black display ). The oled panel on the icon/930 was a big disappointment for me. I prefer the LCD ips panel of the 920/1520.
Colors are more natural . Display is also brighter.

Does it have a call+SMS filter like the Nokia and Samsungs do? If so then I'd definitely get this over the 830 if/when it arrives on T-mobile.

I wish writers would acknowledge the humble Nokia N9 a bit more when it comes to double-tap-to-wake. 2011. There, I said it. ;^)

He said first phone outside Lumia, being the only other WP phone... We're not talking about other OS

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Dan can you confirm if the option to press the volume button to turn camera on from sleep is present like in its Android variant?

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That has been a WP OS feature for a while now. I coud not imagine it not having that feature.

 

However you don't press the volume button. You Press and hold the camera button and the phone awakes ready to take a pic.

nimdock this phone does not have a camera button. Aitt was just asking if it had the same functionality as its android brother which allows for activating the camera when the screen is off via pressing volume down.

 

Huh. No camera button. I see. Thanks for the helpful reply clarifying. :)

 

That kind of sucks, for me, for my preferred usage style, obviously others do like it. I am also not a big fan of on screen buttons.

Agreed. Nokia and WP made me love camera button. It's one reason why I like the Xperia Z2. Not sure I can bring myself to re buy the same phone again even though this runs WP. I did sell the Android but I think I will wait to see what new awaits for me to head back to WP.

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That's a bummer cause that would make up greatly for the missing dedicated camera button.

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I was hoping it would be but guess it would have to be OS optional for that. I hope MS is watching and makes this an option for next GDR release or 9. This would be a great workaround for us who love the camera button.

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ahh, that green case is awesome! i hope they release a green one for us mere mortals without an xbox logo. i would snap that up in an instant, once the phone comes to att that is.

 

unless msft brings it to ifa i think i'll be picking this up to replace my 635 later this year. 

This is a feature that's becoming standard in all high end phones, thankfully. The Z2 has it and so does the LGs and the M8. And I THINK (not sure) it will be put on Android L. So basically only the iPhone will be left without this. Ahah!

This is awesome and I had no idea it had it. I love Double-tap to wake on my 920. Too bad the One does not have Glance.

For me this is a must have feature in any future phone i will buy, this phone is looking so attractive now also! If it comes to the UK and at the right price, i will pick this up!

I also think this feature should be something microsoft includes in the OS!

I want double tap to wake on my surface. I do it by habit already and an what's disappointed when it didn't wake

Who cares they all copy each other. To be honest if I were ever to go back to wp, I'd buy this phone though. It is sharp.

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It was already there in the android version, but it sucks compared to the G3. And yes, I own both phones so I can compare. I wish HTC would release a RUU or something to port my droid version over that would be flippin amazing. Wouldn't doubt though if someone over at XDA gets it going.

Which came first the chicken or the egg...who the heck cares their both good...lol

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I have to say it's a very usefull function, but i definitly noticed that it uses a lot of batery power. A few times I didn't even make te day while that never happend again since i turned it off. ( Lumia 1020 )

Agreed! Very useful feature though. Maybe low power amoled screens will be a bon for this sort of tech, keep the battery going for longer. Either way this is cool, a great feature for the htc to have. I love Nokia Lumia devices but this has me convinced to try something else with wp...

Picked up my new HTC One Windows Phone last night and loving it! Didn't get the dot case yet because I also wanted to get a new bluetooth ear piece. I will get the dot case next payday. Love the double tap and the overall Windows 8.1 look and feel and capabilities. 

Hi Daniel. Can u tell me what are others things which I miss from nokia Lumia 920 if I move to HTC m8 plz? also what apps ??? Thanks

If HTC really want to make the uniqe windows phone they should't just put the same spec, same design to it. If you give M8 for Android and M8 for Windows to some of the Android Guy what would they choose? We are the WP lovers of course we will choose M8 for Windows. But it was't eyecatching for the Android or IPhone users. So they wont choose the WP version.