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HTC One M8 now comes in Windows Phone flavor

In an interesting move, HTC has released a version of its Android flagship that ditches Android in favor of Windows Phone. While Sense is also gone, some of its apps remain.
August 19, 2014

The HTC One M8 is one of the best Android flagship handsets on the market today, thanks in large part due to its excellent build quality, front-facing speakers and fairly bleeding-edge specs. It seems HTC doesn’t want to keep the handset locked up and only available to the Android crowd, however, as it has now announced the HTC One M8 for Windows. That’s a bit of a mouthful.

While slapping Windows Phone onto an otherwise unchanged M8 might seem like a strange move to us Android fans, it is actually a pretty interesting entry for those in the WP camp. After all, the HTC One M8 offers a lot of differences when compared to other flagship Windows devices like those from Nokia. This includes things like an IR blaster with the Sense TV app, front-facing Boomsound speakers, HTC’s duo camera setup and HTC Blinkfeed. I’m no expert on WP handsets but I believe this is also the only WP handset with software keys, or at least one of the only ones.

If HTC can actually find success in the Windows Phone market, it could set a precedent for future releases from HTC and perhaps even other OEMs. Imagine if every major flagship came in WP or Android flavors (maybe even Tizen someday?), would certainly mean more options (and potential confusion) for consumers. HTC’s unique features could also be enough to convince those on the fence about trying Windows Phone to make the plunge.

The HTC One M8 for Windows is available right away exclusively from Verizon for $99 with two-year contract. Honestly, the M8 for Windows doesn’t change anything for us Android fans, but it’s still a pretty noteworthy development. What do you think, is adding a WP flavor a smart move for HTC? Will other OEMs follow suit?