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.
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.