Rumors: HTC One Google Edition announcement imminent, to be USA-only

May 24, 2013
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HTC One Google Edition

HTC One Google Edition Concept

After a recent report claimed that a HTC One Google Edition handset version is indeed in the works despite official denials from the company, it looks like more independent stories are confirming the handset.

MoDaCo and Android Central have been apparently able to verify the rumors, and it looks like the Nexus experience HTC One will be unveiled next week “or so.” and will be heading to the USA alone, just like the Galaxy S4 Google Edition model. Pricing and actual launch details for such a product have not been leaked yet.

While HTC still prefers its Sense UI on top of Android, it looks like the company decided to make such a HTC One Google Edition in direct response to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Google Edition that was announced at Google I/O and which will ship starting with June 26.

Apparently the move has been approved by Peter Chou himself, as MoDaCo explains:

It seems as though the very existence of the Google Edition device has created considerable internal turmoil at HTC. There is a deep seated belief within HTC that Sense provides the best possible Android experience and there’s no reason to offer anything different – unifying behind a consistent message. HTC has always been a company however that is driven from the top and it appears as though the new device has been sanctioned by none other than Peter Chou himself, no doubt influenced by arch-rival Samsung’s recent announcement. While many inside HTC don’t agree that the Google Edition is the way to go – it’s really happening.

The Nexus experience HTC One is said to offer roughly the same hardware as the Sense-based model, although it will be interesting to see what HTC will do with the capacitive button layout of the device which doesn’t fit with a Nexus UI experience.

The regular HTC model has been selling rather well, so it’s understandable why the company would want to offer users a version that runs stock Android out of the box.

However, we’ll remind you that these are just rumors until HTC confirms anything, so don’t get too excited just yet.

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