A launch of a HTC One stock Android edition in the U.S. is “imminent”, according to sources quoted by the same writer that mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition before its release.
Normally, this could be treated like yet another HTC One stock Android rumor, but this time the information comes from Geek.com’s Russell Holly, a man known for not being a fan of baseless rumors, and, most importantly, the man that broke the news about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition being launched at Google I/O.
Quoting “multiple sources,” Holly says that the “senseless” edition of the HTC One will be a reality very soon – it should be announced sometime during the next two weeks. The possible release date of the device, which would be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, is said to be at some point during the summer.
The HTC One stock edition would be available in the U.S. at the beginning, which makes Holly think that it’s possible for Google to sell it itself, through the Google Play Store.
The reason for HTC’s decision to make the device available would be that, while the HTC One is clearly a very good handset, with encouraging sales (despite delays that even caused the company to apologize to users by sending them Play Store gift cards), HTC was impressed by the way the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition has been welcomed with.
While this is all as unofficial as can be, since the announcement is said to arrive “within the next two weeks,” we won’t have to wait too long in order to get a confirmation (or not). On the other hand, this report seems to shed a totally new light on HTC employee Leigh Momii’s tweet, posted after the Samsung Galaxy S4 running vanilla Android was announced.
So you can pay $649 for a piece of plastic running stock or… You can wait :) #IO13
— Leigh (@jetleigh) May 15, 2013
While HTC has denied preparing an HTC One running stock Android, it might have changed its mind since. Or it could have just decided to wait a while longer before making the announcement.
Would you want to buy an HTC One running stock Android or would you prefer the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition?