Google’s Sundar Pichai just announced the long rumored HTC One “Google Edition” – the device will run Android 4.2.2 AOSP and will be available starting June 26.
Rumors about a stock Android HTC One version emerged almost the minute Hugo Barra announced the Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Though HTC was quick to refute the rumors, today on the stage of the D11 conference in Los Angeles, Android boss Sundar Pichai made the “HTC One with Nexus User Experience” real.
On the hardware side, it’s the same HTC One we’ve come to know and love. Inside though, it’s all stock Android 4.2.2 AOSP. Just like the Galaxy S4 Google Edition, the One Google Edition will sell unlocked from the Play Store. The device will ship on the same day as the Galaxy S4 Google Edition, June 26.
As for the price of the device, it’s $599 for the 32GB version, which is $50 cheaper than the similar Samsung device. However, while the Galaxy S4 Google Edition comes with 16GB of internal storage (expandable), the One has 32GB, though without the possibility to expand it via microSD.
The HTC One Google Edition – let’s use this unofficial moniker for now – will be equipped with Beats Audio, but we haven’t hear anything about the software of the much touted Ultrapixel camera.