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Android head Sundar Pichai confirms HTC One Google Edition, coming June 26th for $599

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Android head Sundar Pichai confirms HTC One Google Edition, coming June 26th for $599
We're not sure who decided that the AllThingsD D11 conference was the new "it" place to announce some pretty big things, especially since companies have been so excited to hold their own announcement events. But, we've already had Apple's Tim Cook making headlines, and Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirming the Moto X. Now, Android head Sundar Pichai has confirmed the HTC One Google Edition.

Android head Sundar Pichai confirms HTC One Google Edition, coming June 26th for $599
HTC had tried to deny the existence of such a device, but the rumors persisted, and now we know that the device is real and it's on its way. Pichai announced that the HTC One without Sense will be coming to the Google Play Store on June 26th. It won't quite be stock Android, because it needs to integrate the Beats audio for the sound, but it is close. Even better, it will be competitively priced at $599 for a 32GB model, which is $50 less than the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition.

The HTC One Google Edition will be unlocked and compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile. It will launch running Android 4.2.2 and all updates after that will come directly from Google. 

*Update* In another interesting turn, HTC has said that it is "examining the best way to support early adopters of the One" who may want the vanilla Android experience. It doesn't mean anything specific will happen, but it could mean that HTC will release an official ROM to make any unlocked HTC One into a Google Edition. 

source: HTCAllThingsD

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posted on 30 May 2013, 11:31 11

1. NexusX (Posts: 521; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i wonder if google play would offer free shipping on these devices

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:56 1

20. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


I don't think the master minds at Google are not fool to keep the 'premium' phone cheaper and the 'cheaper' phone expensive...

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:39 1

39. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Great news!! Shamesung needs to watch out! like how memphis took out clipper

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:13 1

49. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


That was really surprising, and who could have thought Pacers could go head to head with Miami. I was expecting the series to finish at most at 4-1 in Miami's favor.

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:58

59. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 553; Member since: 07 May 2012)


me too,heat is my team so i need them to sweap the next 2 games

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:00

61. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It really should've been 3-1 right now. But 2-2 with momentum on the pacer's side.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:35

38. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I seriously doubt it. I remember when the N7 launched. For a $200 tablet, I paid $225 after taxes and shipping. I was disappointed.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:35 15

2. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 140; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Cheaper than the s4 Google edition, yet still way too pricey. Definitely not worth the price.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:56 11

19. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


if the S4 is worth $649, the One is definitely worth $599. One may choose if he prefers the wider screen and the more MP camera of the S4 or the stereo speakers, aluminium body and optical stabilizer of the HTC One. I'd go with the One, for example, as I value its unique features more than the S4 unique features.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:18 21

33. catt4u (Posts: 144; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I would definitely pay $ 50.00 more for the microsd and replaceable battery the S4 has to offer.

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:26 3

71. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


You can get the Chinese version with dual sim and a micro sd for like $650.

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:41 4

84. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I wouldn't. I never replaced a battery in a phone: they always lasted at least 2 years like the phone itself. After 2 years, I usually change the phone and keep the old phone as a spare: the battery is still good. I've never bought a spare battery, I don't want to bother with another battery, I just plug the phone in a charger or in a usb port when I can and I've never run out of charge.
As to the microsd, I've never reached more than 10-15 GB of data. I have 32 GB on my nexus 7 which are mostly free. You need the sd only on phones with 8GB or less, otherwise the internal memory is faster and more reliable (I had to change 3 sd cards because every now and then they fail, but it never happened with the internal memory). I guess most people complain about lack of sd and fixed battery only foe philosophical reasons, but I guess most of them never bought a spare battery and never bought a sd card bigger than 16 or 32 GB. On the other hand, the dual speaker yelds more powerful and crisper sound. The OIS sharper pictures in low light. The HDR microphone allows to record loud sounds without distortion, These are REAL benefits that you use every day.

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:59 1

89. joey_sfb (Posts: 6039; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I need microSD as it store my apps data and music collection as a backup to my desktop.

Apps data in a microSD card allow me to wipe the phone after each firmware upgrade without losing my data. My guess is you don't do that as well.

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:13 3

32. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


That is actually cheap

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:11 5

63. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I edited the article. It's actually $649 for a 16gb Galaxy Google Edition, and $599 for a 32GB HTC One

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:36 13

3. JunitoNH (Posts: 1898; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Nice HTC, but $599, I don't think so......

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:40 20

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


you guys should consider yourselves lucky , it costs $1000 in some countries

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:48

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


For example in which countries it cost 1000$ ?

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:52 11

13. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


In Italy it is sold at 699€ = 915USD...

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:59

24. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Yes, that's true. Not only usually the conversion 1USD=1EUR is applied (for example, Apple products have the same price in USD and EUR, and this automatically means 30% more expensive, since 1EUR is about 1,30USD), but some products have prices in euro that are even higher than their prices in US$.

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:35

53. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


915$ is not 1000$ as RaKithAPeiRiZ mentioned in his comment #7.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:57 8

21. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Mostly south Asian countries like India and Sri Lanka it runs upto a 1000 ,even the S4 had a similar price at start , it still costs alot , this is "cheap" compared to the sensed up versions there ( it costs $970+ in my country )

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:04 5

46. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


in India its $760

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:34

52. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


rawbow in comment #46 says that in India it cost 720$ not 1000$.

posted on 30 May 2013, 13:39

54. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my country it cost approximately 796 USD.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:53 1

81. Lauticol (Posts: 347; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


In Argentina we don't have it officially yet, but in our eBay it's AR$10.000. That's $1.892 dollars!

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:02 2

82. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Even in the US, people end up paying $600 for their devices, it's just that the price is hidden in the monthly fee. You may pay $200 up front for the device, but the carrier is getting back that other $400 somehow.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:37 1

4. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


look out samsung htc is back from the DEAD

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:39 22

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


When HTC was dead?

posted on 30 May 2013, 14:24 1

69. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


well in 2011 but i love htc since my htc pure

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