HTC SenseHTC has just posted its Sense keyboard app to the Google Play Store, allowing anyone with an HTC device to download updates directly through Google rather than waiting for traditional OTA system updates that are often large and delayed by carrier intervention.

This follows HTC’s previous moves of some of its exclusive apps to the Play Store, including BlinkFeed and the Gallery app. This also follows in the footsteps of both Google and Motorola, both of whom have increasingly been putting more and more of their own apps onto the Play Store for easy updating without having to issue full system updates. Basically, by getting around this process, OEMs like HTC can give end users more frequent updates of some of the apps that they care about the most. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved.

The HTC keyboard appears in the Play Store as “HTC Sense Input,” and is currently only available for the HTC One M7, HTC One M8, and HTC Desire series handsets. However, it will surely open up to more HTC devices as time passes.

Here is the official changelog:

  1. Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
  2. Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
  3. Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
  4. Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
  5. Fix Zhuyin “ㄦ” cannot be typed issue.

Download: Google Play