HTC One “Google Edition” isn’t without some sacrifice: won’t support IR blaster, HTC Zoe or Beats Audio software switch

May 30, 2013

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    Earlier today, Google’s Sundar Pichai revealed that the HTC One with “a Nexus Experience” is happening, despite the initial denials from HTC. The announcement of the HTC One Google Edition follows behind the Google I/O reveal of the GS4 GE.

    What makes these Google Edition devices so exciting is that we can enjoy our favorite flagship phones without worrying about all the manufacturer bloat that normally comes with them. Of course the Google Edition handsets don’t come without some sacrifice.

    Love or hate OEM skins and customizations, part of the what draws consumers to devices like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are the special features you can’t find with stock Android. For the HTC One this includes HTC Zoe, Blinkfeed, an IR blaster, an FM radio app and Beats Audio software.

    So that leaves the question, what happens to these features when you opt for a phone that doesn’t include Sense? Android Police reached out to HTC to clarify the situation, and learned what we’ve always suspected, none of these features will be present on the Google Edition handsets (at least as far as the HTC One is concerned), with the exception of Beats Audio – which apparently will be present, just without the software audio switch in the status bar.

    It is worth mentioning that the capacitive button configuration on the HTC One will be exactly the same even with the Google Edition of the handset.

    So is the Google Edition worth it, considering the loss of some of HTC’s special features? The answer to that is dependent on what you plan to do with your phone. If you love modding, hacking and absolutely can’t stand Sense, then sure it is. Not to mention that there are likely 3rd party modifications out there that will help you “put back” some of the features you lose, if you so desire.

    For those that really don’t care about modding and don’t mind Sense, this phone probably isn’t for you.

    What do you think of the HTC One “Google Edition”, excited to get your hands on it or are you perfectly happy with the standard HTC One?

    Comments

    • icyrock1

      I understood it has, beats audio will be there, you just won’t be able to toggle it off.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      Thank god I can rely on my ears to determine audio quality and not have to rely on a little red icon…

    • James Silva

      Not at all. I’d buy the One, the regular model, because sense 5 is indeed nice. Even if I get bored of it, I’d root and unlock my bootloader, and install stock Android that way? I’d have the options to go back and forth like that, so it would make no sense to buy the straight-up google version in my opinion.

      • sai

        I’m pretty sure youd be able to flash on sense roms onto the google edition too. And since they are releasing the google edition, im pretty sure now stock roms will release alot quicker on the regular version too so getting either is fine as loong as you root and unlcok the boot loader on your phone. The hardware is definitely the exact same, only the software which can easily be changed.

        • James Silva

          I guess, I’m just not sure the bootloader and firmware would be the same, that’s the problem.

          • Adam Eldin

            It is the same exact phone, just a different kernel and ROM, this stuff seems fairly universal betwwen the two. And, honestly, even though I love rooting and modding, it is just time consuming so having a nexus-7 like sandbox to do what you please with easily is nice.

          • Adam Eldin

            It is the same exact phone, just a different kernel and ROM, this stuff seems fairly universal betwwen the two. And, honestly, even though I love rooting and modding, it is just time consuming so having a nexus-7 like sandbox to do what you please with easily is nice.

    • Shane

      I don’t see the point when I could justwait for a stock jellybean rom and call it a day.

    • Simon Belmont

      It also doesn’t support the 1700 AWS band. So, you could be seeing only 2G speeds in some areas.

      I dunno why they disable that. It works in the carrier offered versions of the HTC One.

    • dandroid13

      I don’t get it, y’all call Nexus the way Android should be, no bloatware and all, and now you say a Google Edition phone is a sacrifice? WTH?

      • Ørjan Baglo

        Its a sacrefice because you loose some of the feauteres of sense and the ir blaster wont be supported.

        • dandroid13

          But they say AOSP is better, skins like TouchWiz and Sense are bloat, they make updates slower…

    • Adam Eldin

      I can’t really like or dislike that, but I disagree. I used to use Viper, but switched to CM10.1 for my EVO LTE and CM is worlds better, even without support for the awesome camera features of sense

      • MsAfroCAN

        not sure if the average non-geek user wonshikee was talking about knows what CM10.1 or viper is.

    • Anirudh

      After support for BT 4.0 , they(android) should add stock support for IR also. IR is to stay for some more years. HTC one on stock is under use of hardware in many cases.

    • simpleas

      Stock android = boring. No one wants stock anything. That’s why we love android. I’d rather have touchwiz and sense over stock.

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