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...
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94 Comments

73. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

There not dead by they are dying.

78. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not he best situation but far away from dying.

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

It looks like Google finally figured out a way to monetize their OS without making their OEMs pay a license fee. By selling their devices directly thru their Play store for part of their retailing profits.

8. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I hope to see the reviews of the HTC One GE and the SGS4 GE here :D

16. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nice.. I think HTC ONE GOOGLE EDITION worth more than SAMSUNG S4 GOOGLE EDITION because of top notch build quality, beat audio, front facing stereo speakers,etc no hate on Samsung , just my opinion

65. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

No beat audio, no HTC camera features, The IR blaster will be disabled out of the box since this is a stock Android devicewww.androidpolice.com/2013/05/30/htc-one-nexus-experience-clarifications-ir-blaster-disabled-no-htc-camera-features-and-no-beats-audio-switch/

74. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Thats what rooting is for, all of that is software.

75. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Ouch! That's gonna hurt, at least for some.

77. 90ninjas unregistered

Beats is enabled. There just no switch to turn it off.

83. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No Beats audio switch, Beats audio is still there though.

87. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Are you serious? With micro sd expansion, removable battery, and bigger screen, the extra $50 is very much worth it.

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Yay they took my tip!

10. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

It's not totally 'Stock Android' as Beats Audio is proprietary and does NOT qualify itself to be part of AOSP. It's more like some kind a vanilla version of Android compiled using HTC's proprietary blobs along with their own kernel.

14. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I wonder what will they do with the camera too..

17. HASHTAG unregistered

Engadget already stated that the Google Edition isn't going to feature Beats Audio. So it actually is totally Stock Android.

23. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i dont think even the camera features (burst mode ,hdr or ois ) will work with the stock version

40. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Utter nonsense. Engadget clearly stated "We were also told that Beats Audio will still be integrated into the device" http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/30/sundar-pichai-confirms-htc-one-with-stock-android/ So it's NOT stock Android or pure AOSP, it’s “Google Edition.” So HTC and Google can tweak the OS all they want for the hardware as long as it remains “stock-y” and can be easily updated by Google directly.

66. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Edited that part.

68. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Thanks, it makes more sense now.

79. HASHTAG unregistered

Well I apologize. They updated the article. At first they did say that it wouldn't include Beats Audio, but now they say it does. But still not worth acting like a little sissy.

11. atanu_dee

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

yes..... im waiting.......

15. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nice.. I think HTC ONE GOOGLE EDITION worth more than SAMSUNG S4 GOOGLE EDITION because of top notch build quality, beat audio, front facing stereo speakers,etc no hate on Samsung.

25. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Given the choice, I would pay the extra $50 for the micro sd card slot and slightly larger screen. I'm glad to see that HTC's 2013 flagship will get continued updates from google. Instead of being left in the dust like the evo, evo3d, sensation, amaze, evo LTE, ETC.

35. atanu_dee

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

micro sd card = extra investment

37. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Yes i agree well its all about personal preference

72. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

im mad my sensation is on 4.0.3 i want at-lest 4.1.1

28. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

...and no SD card slot, no possibility to change battery, etc etc... but with stock android it is just a matter of taste of endconsumer. I am not buing any of them anyway :) cause i can not... but probably would go for S4 - with my experiences with HTC, every single phone i had from them - 9months and battery died - how can i change batt easily on HTC ONE? And i like the IR blaster - hopefully all hardware will work on Google edition, so all those hardware things can work..if thermometer+IR of S4 so will camera on ONE.

45. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

People buying these phones will probably keep them for less than a year. So it does not matter if they have removable battery or SD cards. I will be selling my S4 as soon as the Note 3 is out.

18. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

If guaranteed updates like Nexus devices... I think the $599 price tag may be worth it. I wonder if it'll come with 64GB?

30. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 51; Member since: May 23, 2013

Same here. I wonder when they'll put up for preorder so we can see the full specs
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