HTC One with stock Android is not happening

HTC One with stock Android is not happening
During the opening day of the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, a special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was introduced. Powered by stock Android 4.2.2, and sans the manufacturer's TouchWiz UI, this variant of the flagship Android handset will be priced at $649 from the Google Play Store starting next month.

So does this mean we might see a (pardon the pun) Sense-less version of the HTC One? According to the Taiwan based manufacturer, the answer is a resounding no. A company spokesman unequivocally said, "HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One". But there does happen to be a developer edition of the HTC One.

The developer edition of the HTC One is coincidentally priced at the same $649 off-contract price that the special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is, and does feature an unlocked bootloader and SIM. Packed with 64GB of native storage, this model does not feature stock Android as it does have Sense 5.0 UI running on top of the OS. This model can be purchased from HTC's website.

source: TechnoBuffalo via BGR

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81 Comments

2. mydi.maus unregistered

GOOGLE STOCK ANDROID GALAXY S4 sorry HTC ONE..

61. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

theres a reason why apple partnered with samsung in the past. samsung is the best there's a reason why google continues to partner with samsung despite there differences.... they are the best. there's also a reason why google chose lg for the nexus 4. they are the second best in other words... no one's going to give a damn that the one never got stock android because well who cares

77. abdull10

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

Samsung fan boy?

62. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Sorry. But Samsung is the new Apple.

64. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

sorry, but wake up: "Apple censores your personal emails!" "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones" "Quarter of iPhones have a broken screen, poll says" "Foxconn's iPhone 5 devices fall below agreed standards" "Class action lawsuit claims iPhone 4 has defective power button nearly three years after its launch" "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android". "40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission." "Italy fines Apple $1.2 million over AppleCare practices." "FBI files: STEVE JOBS was a lying, power hungry, mad man" wake up, such a rotten company is no one except Apple and Microsoft :)

67. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Google representative told that they know that Samsung S4 with Stock Android is not going to sell well !! But they did this to have good relationship with Samsung !!

69. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I dont think Samsung desires for Google Edition = unable to sell eg. Samsung products via Samsung apps into their pocket. just a courtesy of Samsung to Google I presume.....but a great gift for half geeks and geeks! :)

81. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@ SherlockHolmes Source????

70. ithinkimjoe

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

So, samsung never does any wrong? guess you only see 1 side of issues that happen. And Samsung is becoming an Apple copy, whether you like it or not.

82. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

So for you 1=1000000? ;-) Apple is probably the most rotten company in IT

3. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Kinda sad but I can sorta understand. It would be kinda strange for HTC to sell a developer version (with Sense) and another One (no pun intended) with stock Android in it. After all the Galaxy S4 with Stock Android is meant for developers.

53. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

S4 with stock "meant for developers "? ? ? say that again... this time with sand in your mouth! ... Stock Android is way better than Touchwiz or Sense, all that these two do is slow down the impressive hardware.

66. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Htc One does not lag !! In fact S4 lags with TouchWiz thats what I read on some sites !!

4. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

To be honest, S4 was the safest bet. Overall best Android smartphone to date with little compromises (not if you're really disgusted with the design), no wonder Google chose the phone.

8. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Wow, do we have an automatic thumbs downer here every time someone praises Samsung?

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Thats the trend ;)

33. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

You should see what happens when you talk negatively about a Nokia...

40. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Now I see.

45. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.......Even to think about talking negatively about Nokia gives you 10 red thumbs. Dont wanna see know when someone actually does xD

56. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

hahahahaha

63. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Exactly, Google went for a device they knew would be in high demand, a formula that works, the Galaxy S brand. If this does well maybe we will see the Nexus brand going out and Google simply using popular devices. It would be nice to see a stock Android HTC One though, as much as I like my GS4, the HTC One has a lot of appeal, something about that two tone look and aluminum design.

74. nyuhsuk

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 28, 2009

The thing I don't understand is Google has a staunch stand against SD cards but went with the phone that has one in it, defeating its argument for not having them in Nexus and now, Nexus-like devices. HTC's latest creation would have fit the bill in that detail.

78. lonehawk2k4

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

i agree that the s4 was the safest choice since its cheaply made thanks to economy of scale so great margins for both google and samsung, selling out like hot cakes so a good market spread, and gives buyers considering a samsung phone a choice between touchwiz and stock android if theyre looking to get a s4

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it doesn't matter. the One is unlockable so you'll be able to flash CM10.1 or whatever same as you'd probably do on any "Google Edition" device. crackflashers don't care what the phones come with as long as it's unlockable and the development is going steady for it.

29. Shubham412302

Posts: 569; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

you loose your warranty when you unlock your boot loader. so no thanks. whereas s4 comes with unlocked boot loader. even if you have normal s4 you can flash cm without voiding warranty you can claim warranty by flashing stock rom

34. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

In the world of people who actually flash roms, the warranty isn't an issue. People who flash ROMs typically don't care about their warranty anyway.

35. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I just realized I worded that redundantly as hell

42. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

in reality that's more of a scare tactic. customer support and the people that handle warranty claims usually aren't sticklers about that kind of thing if they even notice it. just flash back to stock and re-lock if you ever have to make a claim. hasn't stopped me yet.

54. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

customers are gullible .. when they say 'void warranty' they hide under their beds scared silly. like you said.. just relock it when u need to take it for repairs.

71. ithinkimjoe

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

and who do you think is going to warranty repair this phone? Google? Do they even have a working customer service department?

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