HTC One with stock Android rumor won't die

HTC One with stock Android rumor won't die
When Google surprised us all by announcing the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4, the rumors started up right away about the possibility of the HTC One getting the same treatment. Something about the idea of the HTC One hardware with stock Android and no Sense really got people excited (we wonder if HTC noticed that part), but HTC attempted to dispel the rumors. Unfortunately, this rumor isn't going away that easily.

LlabTooFeR, developer of the Maximus ROM for newer HTC devices, claims that a "Senseless HTC One" (we're not sure HTC would approve of that phrasing) isn't just a rumor, but is a real device that may be released around the end of summer. The existence of a stock Android HTC One seems to be a fact as far as LlabTooFeR is concerned, although he does seem to be speculating on the "end of summer" release date. 

This may just be nothing, or it may point to HTC being a bit too literal in commenting on the original rumor. An HTC spokesman had said, "HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One." That may well be true, just as there's no such thing as a "Nexus Edition" Samsung Galaxy S4, only a "Google Edition" S4. 

source: LlabTooFeR via pocketnow

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1. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Nice one Htc :D

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This article is ridiculous, the source is taken out of context. LlabTooFeR was giving an ETA for a custom senseless rom release! The source is a rom developer! geez michael, did you read the tweets before listing them as sources? I expect this from pocketnow, and from some other writers on this site; but not you mikey. D";

16. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

We've already got senseless Roms, at least 3-4 AOSP/AOKP/CM10 Roms. 4.2.2 is everywhere for the HTC One. I installed it earlier today as a matter of fact. I switched back because I actually wanted to keep Blinkfeed and some other things though. Sense 5 is actually pretty good.

19. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I know there are already senseless roms -.- LlabTooFeR was talking about his next senseless release. I never said it was the first. That was another incorrect assumption that pocket now and michael made. Nowhere in the source does it say it is going to be the first senseless HTC one.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Actually no, that's not right. Someone asked LlabTooFeR when the official OTA update of 4.2.2 was coming to the HTC One. LlabTooFeR then responded with the tease saying he thinks it is coming at the end of summer. Someone asked for clarification, and LlabTooFeR dropped it that he was talking about a "Sensless HTC One" aka an HTC One released with stock Android. Besides, there's another leak that is confirming this info. I'm writing it up now.

21. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I've read all the tweets, the word official isn't in any of them. LlabTooFeR was talking about his own release of a senseless 4.2.2 rom. Just read your source michael.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'd choose this over the S4.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The problem is with the HTC ONE is that it needs a dedicated menu button or remove the touch keys and just use on screen buttons.

4. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Correct me if I'm wrong but I saw when the phone is rooted the HTC logo on the bottom in the center is actually a button and can be used a menu button. You still need to root it, but who doesn't root these things anyway ;)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

True but you shouldn't have to root a phone just to be able to use it properly. I LOVE the HTC One but their back, home button layout sucks.

8. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

you don't need to root it you can just use this app for the HTC logo to work as menu

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You can't use Swipe home as a menu doesn't offer a back button gesture or a menu button gesture.

5. MobileJunkieJr

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Are these people using "senseless HTC One" as a metaphor???

7. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013


10. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

HTC is dead. Everyone in that company is abandoning ship.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They look a lot more promising (in North America at least) than Blackberry at that moment. And how exactly is Android better off without HTC?

12. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

sadly right now these people thing all android needs is samsung and samsung is everything what they dont realise is with less and less competitions others wont bring much change as they wont have too. progression of tech will slow and innovation will be rarer then it is now HTC produce some excellent devices they need to learn samsungs marketing tricks that they learnt from apple. marketing is the driiving force nowadays

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

sadly yes. I see it around me, I know 4 people who have bought Galaxy S3s in the last year but nobody but me with an HTC. Marketing and name recognition are 90% of the game.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Between this rumor and the Verizon HTC One, there seems to be more excitement and press coverage of wishful thinking than actual HTC news. But I guess any press is good press eh?

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Do it, do it, do it! And sell it outside U.S.!

18. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

That doesn't make any "sense"... oh wait!!! :)

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