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There can only be One: Verizon may replace DROID DNA with HTC One

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There can only be One: Verizon may replace DROID DNA with HTC One
This has been a strange path for HTC in regards to Verizon. First, it was rumored that Verizon would be rebranding the One as the DROID DNA+. Then, we heard that rumor wasn't true, and that the One would be delayed on Verizon for "testing". Now it looks like the HTC One will be released on Verizon with that name, but it will replace the HTC DROID DNA on Verizon shelves. Or, at the least it may replace the DNA on Walmart shelves.

There can only be One: Verizon may replace DROID DNA with HTC One
The leaked document comes from Walmart, and explicitly says that the HTC One will "launch in March", which seems to contradict the idea of the delay on Verizon. But, it also says that the HTC One will replace the "HTC DNA" on Walmart shelves. 

This makes sense though, because the HTC One is HTC's flagship, and that's kind of part of being a "flagship" phone is that there shouldn't really be any other options from the same company that are aiming at the same user. 

source: Droid Life via pocketnow

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:50 4

1. apple.bb.htc.sony.nokia.rip (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


I feel sorry to the HTC user

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:52 3

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1270; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The only reason why I'm not speaking up for the HTC One is because us Verizon customers might get screwed. If this is true it changes everything.
I'm not jumping ship for "One" phone. Eventually all these carrier specific phones will just disappear.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:57 2

22. Alberto.GM (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I think they must disappear, people doesnt go with another carrier or stay with the actual carrier because of an exclusive phone they stay because they like their service or because they are stucked in a contract, but makin carrier exclusive phones make the companies spend resources they can use with a single flagship well advertised

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:53 10

3. rick2340 (Posts: 21; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


After seeing that GS4 launch Verizon needs to get the One ASAP.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:56

4. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


lol why replace it just do what you did with motorola and come out with a htc maxx then maxx hd or a thin htc everyone kiss up to verizon.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:59 3

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Ah Verizon, they rushed to get a high end device out for the holidays and now the people who bought that device are going to regret it.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:08 6

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Not really, just cuz a seemly better product has doesn't mean your current one is any less amazing. Im sure the dna will be a great phone for quite some time

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:12 3

8. 14545 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yeah, I'm sure it will be. Too bad the few units sold will lead to dead development in 3-6 months. (See: Bionic)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:23 3

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Exactly. The Bionic was quickly outshone by the Razr and though they were very similar in specs, the Bionic is being left at ICS while the Razr is going on to Jelly Bean.

When the One goes through to Verizon, I expect the DNA to get Sense 5 and Android 4.2, and after that will only be a couple maintenance updates. Sad to see such a nice and capable phone be in line for dropped development so soon.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:28 2

18. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


The Bionic is being left at ICS? Says who?
I guess just because the Razr's had it's Jellybean update for...A SINGLE DAY that means the Bionic won't be getting it?
Now there's a bloody RUMOR that something is replacing the DNA, and you people are already spouting off gloom and doom...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:37 1

20. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I wish people who obviously don't know anything about the Bionic, or at least are too bitter to properly consider the fact would stop referencing it when trying to make a point. I mean 3-6 months? The ICS update rolled out about 5 months ago...that's quite a bit longer than 3-6months after the Razr's launch. And there are numerous other examples that contradict your assertion...
Anyway it's a myth that just because a phone is succeeded that it will not continue to receive any support from the OEM.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:17

32. 14545 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Did you have a Bionic? Solid development on the bionic lasted about 6-7 months from its release. Then xda and others became a place of tumbleweeds in the bionic forums. That's the reason I got rid of it. I don't want a phone that is only good for 6 months of development.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 18:13

37. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I STILL have a Bionic. Development lasted longer than 6 months, it was not consistent, partially because of the hooplah going down at Motorola as well as the Google buyout, but it definitely lasted more than 6 months.
There was a solid amount of leaked builds, and then ICS was pushed. What more exactly did you want? Lemme guess an unlocked bootloader and more ROMs than you can shake a stick at?
Well too bad I guess. In my opinion given the way Android is, the Bionic has had plenty of support. If you're gonna claim that support for the Bionic ended 6 months after launch, then explain to me how the ICS update took place about 5 months ago? Not saying that thats good btw, but it is what it is

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:16 1

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You're kind of right. The DNA won't take too much of a beating in value when the One comes, but it'll really look stale until HTC makes the Sense 5 update for it, and even then you have to wait until Verizon puts it through testing for 3 months until you actually get it.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:27 3

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Its android tho remember? Customizing your phone is almost limitless! look, i know the one is better in alot of aspects but you should find a way to be content with or with out the latest piece of tech, because soon their will be a phone that will make the one look silly, know what i mean? i can put money on it that if we werent following this site every day and didnt have a clue as to what the newest phone out was we would probably find the dna one of the best phones ever made but since we DO follow this site everyday we will probably be a slave to having the newest thing out.

all in all find a phone you really love and be content with it because at the end of the day, its still jus a phone :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:33

13. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Ps : I'm using the photon q.....last years dual core technology and don't plan on upgrading to any of these beast phones simply because I love the keyboard it has. Hopefully well see more high end qwerty phones this year too :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:15

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It seems to me that the days of high-end Androids with physical keyboards are numbered.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:19

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Well that's what they were thinking before the photon q came along.....but then it did come along! Lol and we also have the q10 to try out from blackberry :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:21

28. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I meant top of the line, flagship though. The Photon Q was upper-mid range to lower high-end at best when it debuted.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:47

34. ECPirate37 (Posts: 92; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Very well said!

I still love my EVO 3D. I flash the rom any time I see a new one that I want to try out, and I still think it is a great phone. I think people that have the DNA will still be happy with the DNA once the ONE comes out. And, it won't take long for someone to release Sense 5.0 somewhere and they can flash it if they want.

I specifically agree with you that people who do not keep up with this like us, won't know the difference. When I talk to my friends about phones, they usually have no clue what I'm talking about. A lot do not even realize basic things like holding the magnifying glass for voice commands. haha

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:11 2

7. 14545 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Leave it to verizon to screw us.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 11:32

31. JunitoNH (Posts: 957; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You don't pay enough on your monthly bill, to justify updates :)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 17:19

33. 14545 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Ha, you must be right. I guess I should just give them an extra 600 a year on top of the 2400 I already give just to get updates.

i kid.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:53 1

16. ojdidit84 (Posts: 404; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I have the DNA and honestly, I don't regret getting it at all with the One coming out. They're not too far off from one another. Hopefully they do release the One and people can get the next HTC flagship when their upgrade is due. Verizon needs to stop pushing for carrier exclusives that are essentially overshadowed by the ACTUAL flagship that comes out with an OEM a few months later. What's the point of a carrier exclusive from an OEM when a better actual flagship is going to be release a few months later. Kinda how they dropped the ball with the S2. Hopefully they get their crap together. But this IS Verizon we're talking about. We'll see.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 00:13

23. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


yes carrier exclusives are making it harder on people watching better versions of their brand phone, the only good thing moto did was hopefully open doors for more phones to have more options as far as battery concern that was a great idea one that only stayed with verizon.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:49

21. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I honestly don't know if I'd want the One over the DNA. I prefer the DNA's design, and it seems like the camera and battery are better. I don't really care for HTC's new Sense on the One either.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 00:34

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The DNA will get Sense 5 soon enough.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 00:56

25. terabyteRouser (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


1600mAh vs 2300 mAh?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:35 1

27. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


1600? It has 2020. DNA has done very well in battery testshttp://blog.gsmarena.com/htc-droid-dna-takes-battery-tests-heres-what-it-scored/

although people who have used the One say it's battery life is good too.

I forgot to mention that the One does have a superior screen to the DNA as well.

It'd be a tough choice, the main point is I don't think Verizon dna owners will be that upset, they have a great phone.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 23:40

35. terabyteRouser (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


wow i have no idea where i got that 1600 figure from.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:28 1

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


With the todays announcement of the GS IIIS, I am thinking I might be getting a One - IF it is truly available on VZW.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:47 4

14. darkskoliro (Posts: 995; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Actually, given the current situation I think this is a great move. People who have the DNA will still be very satisfied with their product :) But launching the One on all carriers is a very very smart move. Besides, its not like every VZ customer bought a DNA.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 22:52 1

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


It was an "excellent" move to launch on all carriers, without a doubt.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 23:34 1

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5918; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Seeing is believing as regards the One on VZW. I am a-hoping, but until I see something official from VZW, it is vapor. Don't get me wrong, as I probably will trade my GS III for the One if it is available on VZW. The GS IIIS just isn't exciting. I felt the same way when Apple released the 4S.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 00:33

36. darkskoliro (Posts: 995; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The so called "features" arent really going to be used on a day-to-day basis in all honesty...cool, but gimmicky. Something to show off. Going for premium design/quality of your phone really makes you feel like you paid for something.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 10:32

29. terabyteRouser (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


im copping

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 11:22

30. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


HTC and yet another reason why they struggle. You can't even blame Verizon fully for this one.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 23:33

38. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


htc has made tons of phones and they have to compete verizons just insane not to grab the htc one and still keep droid dna maybe if one said droid on it verizon would keep it. How many htc phones does verizon have probably not as much as samsung or even close to moto. Most of the older htc phones aren't being made anymore. This phone is a power house and is on top of alot of benchmarks from gsmarena.

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