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All New HTC One (M8) to have a Google Play Edition and funky flip covers

All New HTC One (M8) to have a Google Play Edition and funky flip covers
Just in case you don’t like HTC’s Sense UI, the company is allegedly preparing a Google Play Edition of its yet to be announced All New HTC One (codenamed M8). That’s what @evleaks says, reminding us that the 2013 One also has a Google Play Edition.

There is no word on when the All New HTC One GPE will be released. Anyhow, we’re hearing that the regular version of the handset - the one with Sense 6.0 UI on top of Android KitKat - could be available to purchase as soon as early April.

Alongside the detail about the Google Play Edition, @evleaks revealed an image that seemingly shows a brand new flip cover for the HTC M8. The cover - seen on the left - appears to use OLED technology to display time, weather information, and probably also various notifications. This cover will most likely cost extra, as it’s hard to believe that HTC will include it in the standard All New One package.

HTC will finally announce the new One on March 25. The smartphone should be widely available around the world. In the US, all major carriers are reportedly getting ready to offer it. We haven’t heard anything regarding the price of the new HTC flagship smartphone, but we’re assuming it won’t cost more than the 2013 model.

source: @evleaks

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posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:15 26

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3234; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Unique case.....and good looking.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:20 27

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1242; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Agreed. If someone really wants to cover that beautiful metal body, this is really great case.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:51 10

17. Aviiiik (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Mar 2014)


Really man look at that dots.. great work HTC

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 14:15

44. SellPhones82 (Posts: 471; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


So dot on the front are good, but dots on the back are bad? Did I get that right? Hard to know when one OEM gets bashed for it and then another does it and it's "great"...both still look like band-aids to me...this just looks like the old Lite-Brite from the early 80's.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 16:11 5

21. rd_nest (Posts: 683; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You mean another gimmick to show time??

No wonder HTC is going down the drain. Instead of doing something proper, wasting time in a case to show time. Yea, as if customers are going to be floored by a case that shows time.

Idiots at work. This company will be vanish by next 2 years.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 16:31 15

22. lyndon420 (Posts: 1685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Well at least we can take comfort in knowing that your opinion is 'yours'...and you are by all rights entitled to it. Personally I think it's not a bad idea coming from someone who has a tendency to pull my phone out quite frequently just to see what time it is. With this at least I'm not slowly scratching my phones screen each and every time I take it in and out of my pocket. Not a bad idea.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:30

26. rd_nest (Posts: 683; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


So, you don't have a watch? or do you find checking the time on your watch too tough?

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 19:56 3

32. axbog (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Oh, give up! You pompous prick...

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 01:22

41. rd_nest (Posts: 683; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


looks like you're born retarded. go check with a doctor.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 21:06 1

33. techaman (unregistered)


No watch here not after I fudged up my movardo only cell if I care to find time out I use sun most of the time

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 13:14

43. Lyotek (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


More all Android deals here goo.gl/uoAp8G if someone is interested

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:22 20

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3865; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That looks pretty cool, I love what HTC is doing

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:45 6

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5523; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Google Play Edition needs to be released concurrently with the other editions of the New One. Last time around, it was ~6 months after the initial One release before the GPE surfaced.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:16 2

12. kryme (Posts: 130; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


dont think htc will do that because they r really pushing their own skin... so the GPE prolly come out 6months later again....

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 19:12 2

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3865; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Maybe they'll just release the New One, but will also announce a Google Play Edition ROM that can be downloaded from HTC's website, and possibly a new app that will put it on for you instead of having to flash it yourself. It might pull a few average consumers into the stock Android side of things, and people would complain less about "fragmentation".

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 21:07

34. techaman (unregistered)


HTC will cover broken screens for 3 years on the devices and also they will keep the warranty on the phone even if you lRoot and put a custom ROM on the phone that brings tech heads

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:22 11

4. newbey123 (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Awesome case! However, the M8 is too much of a gorgeous beast to cover up. I plan on rocking mine naked as a baby.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 22:45

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I wouldn't recommend this, especially if the build quality is the same as the One.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:32 20

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2177; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Go HTC and Sony! 2014 is for you guys!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:45 10

8. kalloud (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


What about LG G3?

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:21 7

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2177; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


G3 too!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 19:10 2

30. shyguy3763 (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


I'm still gonna hold out to see what Nokia brings,then it's decision time,Nokia,HTC or Sony!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:45 5

6. Bioload25 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


As classy as the device itself. Make them both widely available with good advertising and you have profit ;)

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 13:58 6

9. papss (unregistered)


I actually love that case.. How inventive of them.

I don't like any case so for me this is a big change.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:00 2

10. Lauticol (Posts: 179; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I think the case has a lot of holes, and when it's closed the the screen lights some holes making the time and weather appears. This is actually pretty cool, but would be better using AMOLED so the battery drains less!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:08 8

11. datphoneguy (Posts: 136; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Cool case, but how can it be sunny at 12:05am? LOL

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 16:54 2

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Go to certain parts of northern Alaska & you'll figure it out.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:33 5

14. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


I've been and a Galaxy S guy since the inception of the line but I am now ready for a change, all I need to hear is the New One has atleast a 2600mA battery and I'm in and will trade my GS4 for their unit. If not, its gonna be GS5 for me. So HTC its on you, I know I'm only one customer but I am one you didn't have before!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:56

27. nobelset (Posts: 268; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Hey, I'm in a similar situation, but I think I'll go for the z2 this year :-). I'm kind of like the entertainment type of guy, so it'll be the perfect phone to replace my note 2. I wanted to wait for the note 4,but it's still months away...

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 22:48

38. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Same here but I'm going Oppo this year I think.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:38 7

15. techperson211 (Posts: 417; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Nice cover. But why would you cover your phone if it is that beautiful .

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 14:39 4

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Good idea with the OLED lights. This concept is already on phones throughout Asia, but I think this is the first on a flip cover that I've seen. The only problem is I don't want to cover the beautiful phone up!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 15:23 4

18. NoFanboy (Posts: 204; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Htc is always starting industry trends

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 16:50 1

23. TechFreak123 (Posts: 82; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


There were cases with the same concept way before HTC came with it. Look at QuickWindow of LG and S View Flip Cover of Samsung for example.

Well, HTC implemented in a different interesting way, but they are just following industry trends, not making new ones.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 17:08

25. NoFanboy (Posts: 204; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


No way near the s view or LG cover lol. I'll give sam the credit for the flip cover though.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 15:35

19. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 135; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I love how different this is but I love g2's clock which you can see! One of them looks so classy and elegant but I won't judge this until I get to see how it works. In terms of look, it looks pretty nice!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 15:51

20. TechFreak123 (Posts: 82; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


An interesting different approach to the S Flip Cover of Samsung and the QuickWindow case of LG.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 18:18 2

28. sonisoe (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 May 2009)


htc deserves better than where they are now..

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 18:48 1

29. Leonis (Posts: 331; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Looks really cool for me. Unique and clever. For me a smartphone is not only a beautiful device. You have to take care of it too in order for it to work for years. So having a cover is a must for me. This phone is growing every week for me.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 21:46

35. CreedFrancis (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Personally i don't prefer flip cases cause they're pain to use when taking picture but gotta admit this is gorgeous!

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 22:10

36. esperanza (Posts: 42; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


OMG HTC stole Alcatel's idea
youtube.com/watch?v=7VEDm2Sn7IE

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 22:49

39. techloverNYC (Posts: 353; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


The all new one or wait for Samsung's F line?

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 23:25

40. 7Superman9 (Posts: 69; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


It all depends. If htc's battery is the same size I would say htc. Unless their new camera is not up to par.
On the other hand, there would have to be some serious trimming in the Ui department for Samsung. Then there are those rumors that Samsung is going to charge a lot more for the f line. Which would be fine if the only difference between them and htc wasn't just a qhd screen.
Only time and a hands on demo will tell.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 04:51

42. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)


that cover seen directly copy from lg vu3 flip cover don't you think too?

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