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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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Unique case.....and good looking.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

17. Aviiiik

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 2014

Really man look at that dots.. great work HTC

44. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

43. Lyotek

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

More all Android deals here if someone is interested

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That looks pretty cool, I love what HTC is doing

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

12. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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".

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

4. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

37. SleepingOz unregistered

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

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Go HTC and Sony! 2014 is for you guys!

8. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

What about LG G3?

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

G3 too!

30. shyguy3763

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

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

6. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

11. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

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

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

14. threeline

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 11, 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!

27. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 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...

38. SleepingOz unregistered

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

15. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

16. GeekMovement unregistered

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!

18. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Htc is always starting industry trends

23. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

25. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

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

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