'Google Edition' HTC One will be announced next week?
Buyers get a sleek, sexy device running stock Android and benefit from quicker updates to the Android OS. HTC gets a bigger profit margin since they won't have to pay licensing fees on Sense-related content. One insider said that in exchange for receiving the new Android code early, both HTC and Samsung will have a deadline by which each update must be pushed out.
One problem that might need to be corrected with a change to the hardware is the question of the on-screen menu key that the HTC One uses. Google does not want the Taiwan based manufacturer to hide the menu button, so we could see a long-press of the back button become the solution there. Obviously BlinkFeed would be gone as well as Beats Audio and some functionality could be removed from the UltraPixel camera.
So far, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has outsold the HTC One by a 2 to 1 margin in the marketplace. It will be interesting to see if that ratio remains with the 'Google Edition' of both handsets.
17. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)
still would like to know why all these phones have to be so damn expensive, seriously!
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4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6267; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
If companies were smart they will put all their phones with stocked android on every carrier. Then they can sell millions of units instead putting their own UI interface
18. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)
what they would need to do is to allow users to choose a stock android interface or the manufacture's custom skin eg. htc sense Samsung touchwiz etc
5. Nunazty (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
Can't wait hopefully verizon can get this One
6. josephnero (Posts: 291; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
i wish they also announced a stock Z.thats just dreaming
9. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5267; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What about a stock G Pro? That's just dreaming as well.
11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
but im worried whether this stock experience will ultimately end the "nexus " series
7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 988; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
This could actually get HTC back on the map. HTC is finally thinking outside the box and this would get people to buy the device. I dont know if it'll make them better than Samsung as the top Android manufacturer, but its a start
8. pookiewood (Posts: 567; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
I know I'm in the minority but I actually like HTC's interface on the HTC One. I was a huge fan of Sense on Windows Mobile and as a Windows Phone 7/8 user the interface on the One is what caught my eye on this phone along with the great build quality. I've always been an HTC fan and I'd consider picking up this phone if I ever went Android but only with the HTC original interface.
10. rizevnarastek (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
I can't help but think of the 5 Nexi the rumored last year xD
13. wendygarett (unregistered)
I wonder how does it looks like where only 2 buttons available on HTC one... Pftt
16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5267; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Pftt? Wendy, have you tried the HTC One before? If you didn't, then don't spit. Pftt.
14. jan25 (Posts: 386; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
i might as well get ready to ditch my iPhone 5.
15. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
Come to Verizon and I will buy it in a second