Despite all the denials on rumors, HTC finally jumped to the Google Edition bandwagon as they officially announced the HTC One running on stock android and it will be available on Google Play.
The HTC One which runs an untouched stock android 4.2.2 which means it will give a “Nexus user experience” even though it’s the One that originally came with a heavily skinned HTC Sense 5.
This is obviously similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition that was recently unveiled on Google I/O this year. For those who doesn’t like the plastic build of the Galaxy S4, you’ll be happy to know that you can now get a stunning all-metal unibody in the HTC One without all the bloatwares. Manufacturer skins are often criticize as they put too much on their handset resulting in those unneeded features. However, it’s also a great way to differentiate one brand from the other.
What’s good about being officially supported by Google is that it will get Android updates quickly right after the announcement like any other Nexus device.
The HTC One Nexus will have the same internals as the original variant such as the 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, and the much talked about UltraPixel camera.
HTC also said that they are “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One” in case they prefer to have the stock experience instead of Sense.
The HTC One Google Edition with stock Android will be available starting June 26 on Google Play for $599. Let’s hope that local online stores will bring this device in our country.