HTC One 'Google Edition' rumors continueAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Hot on the heels of a rumor that said that HTC is prepping a "Google Edition" of its One flagship running stock Android, more reports have surfaced that back up the original claim. Both Android Central and MoDaCo now say that HTC is indeed working on a version of the One that runs vanilla Android rather than HTC's Sense 5 overlay. The sites claim that the device will be announced within the next week or so.
Details on this Google Edition HTC One and its availability are still light, but Android Central claims that the phone will enjoy the same speedy updates that were promised with the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4. One of the sources of today's reports claims that HTC and Samsung will be subject deadlines when it comes to prepping updates for their Google Edition models. Meanwhile, MoDaCo says that the hardware of this Google Edition One will be similar to the regular model.
While the Google Edition HTC One is still far from official at this point, the odds of HTC releasing such a device do seem a bit higher than they did just a day or two ago. As I mentioned previously, it remains to be seen exactly how the HTC One would perform without the enhancements that Sense brings to the table, especially when it comes to the One's UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers. I'm sure that there are plenty of folks that'd be willing to open their wallets for a unit to find out, though.