HTC is gearing up to announce its new flagship in just a couple of hours. We’re expecting the big HTC One (M8) unveil, but mysteriously several standalone applications have hit the Google Play Store ahead of time. IntoMobile noticed the applications, but also found that they aren’t supported by the existing HTC One yet – which suggests that perhaps they’re only going to be available to the One (M8) at first.

It is telling, however, because the apps suggest that HTC is moving toward an easier update method for its unique apps. Instead of having system wide updates that will require carrier approval, it can easily issue brand new changes to existing apps through Google Play, which end users can download right away. It’s the same method we’ve seen Motorola take with its camera and gallery apps, for example.

We can clearly see a brand new re-designed version of BlinkFeed, which is on a par with the leaks we saw earlier, including improved article layouts, the ability to search for specific topics, offline reading mode and more. Sense TV, the app for controlling your television set with an IR blaster, is also redesigned and also appears to have support for “HTC TV LiveSports” for viewing scores and status in real-time. Finally, the Service Pack app can be used, for free, to provide software updates direct to HTC phones. This definitely isn’t for full Android releases, but could be used for smaller app patches and releases.

We should know a lot more about these apps in just a few hours. HTC’s press event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. EST and we’ll be reporting live.