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Next week, the HTC One finally makes its U.S.-based debut. This particular handset has been the sole focus of all sorts of praise, from pretty much every single person I’ve seen out there who has had any significant amount of time with the device. Sure, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, but the overall impression I’m getting about HTC’s flagship device this year is that they truly, without a doubt, hit the nail right on the head. This is not only the HTC device we’ve been waiting for, but the Android device we’ve all been waiting for.

When I was writing my piece about not upgrading to the iPhone if its only main improvement is its camera, I mentioned that I’ve never picked up an iPhone at launch. Never even considered it, actually. Moreover, as I gave it some more thought, I’ve never actually been excited about an impending iPhone’s release into the market. Never looked forward to the date.

And yet, it’s the phone I keep the longest when I do have it.

I think that could change with the HTC One. And, to be perfectly honest, this is one of the only times that I can remember I’ve been excited for a date. I may or may not have the date circled on a calendar somewhere, and as the date inexorably moves closer my anticipation only grows. This is a device that I can’t wait to unwrap, turn on, and use. That display. The industrial design. I’m even excited to give the camera a shot. (No pun intended.)

But, I have to wait. And waiting just means thinking, and analyzing, and looking at every single angle that comes with purchasing a new device. As aforementioned it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, and there is one thing that has me a little worried about buying the One right now. Or, in a week. And that’s Google’s main event of the year: I/O. The event, which is scheduled for the mid-section of May, is right around the corner, and kicks off less than a month after the release of HTC’s One on AT&T’s network.

As you can probably guess, I’m worried about the proximity of both these events, the release of the One and the conference, because this is where Google traditionally unveils a new version of Android. It’s expected to be Android Key Lime Pie. As far as features go, it’s anyone’s guess, but the general belief is that there’s going to be plenty of new things to get excited about. This is a major bump in version number, supposedly.

It’s true that I don’t see a problem with being one version behind. After all, it’s just the way things are these days. Unless you’re Samsung apparently, it’s rare that your phone launches with the newest version of Android, and as long as your phone can do cool things out of the box, that shouldn’t be a problem.

However, if Google does intend on releasing a new version of Android at I/O this year, it means that the HTC One will be two versions behind. Unless the manufacturer can somehow manage to get Android 4.2 Jelly Bean released to the One immediately following its release, that is. But I don’t see that happening.

So, what does it matter that I’d potentially be two versions behind? Well, for one, it’s only going to be a month later after I buy the One. That means I’ll have bought it, and it will still be in the realm of that whole “buyer’s remorse” syndrome, because I’ll know what Google is shoving into Key Lime Pie. What’s my phone got? Less than Key Lime Pie.

Actually, that’s not really it. What is bothering me the most, in this speculation about the future, is that HTC won’t be able to get me Key Lime Pie on the One, before they release a successor to their flagship device. And if, in true follow-up fashion, it’s even more desirable than the original One, I’ll want to buy that one, too. But, it probably won’t be running Android Key Lime Pie, either. When manufacturers are forced to stack potential software updates, there’s just a point where you have to come to the realization that one of those updates may just not happen.

Then you cross your fingers and hope that it’s not the newest upgrade that a gets skipped in favor of older software.

I’m honestly excited about the One. I still intend on getting it, and (hopefully) loving every minute of owning HTC’s newest flagship device. But I do have this sinking feeling that Google I/O will make me regret the purchase, at least a little bit.

How do you feel about buying a new Android handset so close to Google’s rumored introduction of a new software version? Even Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 will suffer this fate, if speculated release dates fall into place. Are you willing to take the leap, in hopes that your device will get the update? Or will you wait to see which new devices launch with the new software? Let me know.


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Martina Graham-Willadsen I am going to get this BEAUTIFUL and sexy HTC One as soon as it comes out :) Samsung is all plastic, HTC is METAL, the choice is really easy for me. The Samsung OS is too much of an iPhone knockoff too, I prefer Sense. I CAN'T WAIT !!
Raul Garza i just pre ordered mine. ;) One'
Daniel Schmitt HTC one. will be the first phone I deem worthy preordering for myself. Never had a phone I wanted to preorder
Daniel Schmitt Nope i can't wait to upgrade my AT&T one x to the HTC one. Thinking about preordering the 64 gb version when it becomes available to do so. Still contemplating the silver vs the black one
Lashun Manning Waiting to get the sgs4
Vladimir Conrado Yeah I am actually
Glenn Rubio Urrea You'd be crazy not to wait right now. Time is on our side.
Rand Kalik HTC One looks amazing ...
Marcus Samual Winchester I'm happy with my S3, all I want is KLP.
Mark Belkowski were probably not getting a new phone at IO. it will be a nexus 7 refresh.
Marin Perez Guys and gals, you can always wait a few months for the next big thing. HTC One will be amazing. So will GS4. So will next iPhone. Buy your thing and be happy.
Matt Wagner I am like previous person above I want to wait for Ubuntu phone Ubuntu on computers is definitely better than mac and win and its free in today's economy free is good
Teron Facey When I see people saying the HTC One is better I can't help but laugh at those comments.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis No.. I wouldn't buy another htc phone if it was the last phone on earth.
Dustin T. Robles No I don't I wait because I still have over a year on my phone :(
Jordan Tofyinnikesboi Lay what ever it is it cant be better than the htc one
Reese Woodson I'm waiting for the Galaxy S4.........
Orewa Najib cant wait for google IO and key lime pie xD .
Stephen Victor I'm getting the One. I don't have high hopes for the X Phone.
??? Why lots of people want to buy gs4 it Just like a toy
Bobby Delaney Yep. Every year people. Should wait for I/O now that they have made the nexus line so inexpensive
Tim Moore I have the Nexus 4 and happy with it and will get Key Lime Pie as soon as it's ready so I don't need to buy another phone or wait for one. Plus the Nexus 5 won't be out until November/December so if anyone is waiting for that for next month don't be expecting it.
Chris Hagood I await a Nexus that is fully compliant on all carrier networks - Verizon, Sprint and anything else GSM. I know it can be pulled off, I just hope that it is.
Gordon Christie Contract ends December and I'll see what Ubuntu phone is like if it not good then it's a galaxy note
Devin Vosburgh Waiting to try out the gs4 first.
Saurabh Bisht Micromax Canvas HD A116 even has better pixel resolution than htc one..
Frank Porter No, I'm not getting the HTC One cause I plan on getting the Galixy S 4 when it finally comes out.
Ken McDowell Sorry but I'm holding off for the X phone.
Sheck Welle I have the Nexus 4 and love it, i ordered the 64 GB developer Edition HTC ONE and can't wait to get it, can't wait to see what google will unveil at I/O 2013!
Eric J. Powers I'm due for an upgrade in may, I like the s4 but I'm going to see what comes out this summer before I make a decision.
Peter M McDaniel I'm holding off because I need the money.
Nick Sanford im holding off oin the HTC ONE because its not available on verizon...STILL
Tyler Saddington Nexus 4 life. I have had about 25 phones in the past 9 months and the only ones I have been happy with are the Nexus ones (Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4) and before those I had the Nexus One and Nexus S!
Niall Barr No the nexus 5 will be released in November and the new nexus 7 at the i/o
Saurabh Bisht S4...Hands Down..
Marlon Milligan No...never been impressed with Nexus phones before . I doubt im impressed now. Htc one 4 me
Eric Hook Jajajaj no. S4




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