Is a vanilla version of the HTC One in the pipeline?

By on May 24, 2013, 1:00 PM
android, htc, htc one, galaxy s 4, pure android, vanilla

HTC is reportedly contemplating the idea of releasing a version of their flagship One smartphone that would ship with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 installation. The current iteration of the One runs the HTC Sense overlay which, according to many, heavily muddles the Android experience.

Of course, HTC’s software plays heavily into the function of the phone’s camera (HTC ImageSense) and audio system (BeatsAudio). Without the HTC software, could these two features still perform at the same level they do now? Or perhaps HTC would keep feature-necessary software while ditching the general overlay?

Such a rumor might otherwise be dismissed but considering Google recently announced a pure version of the Galaxy S 4 at the company’s I/O conference, this seems much more plausible.

It remains unclear exactly how HTC would sell the phone to customers, however. One would think it would be available through the Google Play store but perhaps HTC would rather offer the handset directly to customers instead. For comparison, the Galaxy S 4 will be sold exclusively through Google Play starting June 26 for $649 without carrier subsidy.

Sources tell Geek.com that a pure HTC One will be announced within the next two weeks with a potential release lined up for sometime this summer. For what it’s worth, the publication correctly pinned the Galaxy S 4 Google Edition ahead of its announcement so maybe they’ve got some solid intel on the One as well.




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VitalyT VitalyT said:

I will tell you what's in the HTC's pipeline...

With the top-level management jumping the ship, all bets are off: [link]

They might as well close the books any time now.

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

I will tell you what's in the HTC's pipeline...

With the top-level management jumping the ship, all bets are off: [link]

They might as well close the books any time now.

I saw that today too... I feel sorry for HTC. I have a One and it's a great phone. Almost all the reviews of the One have been great too. Problem is, Samsung makes a great phone too, and they have the marketing and brand name to back them up. HTC needs to put some commercials on TV showing their highlight videos.

I've heard as much criticism about Samsung's touchwiz as HTC's Sense. I don't get it though, because you can replace either of those with another launcher. Apex and Go launchers are free and work great.

JC713 JC713 said:

This wouldnt surprise me

1 person liked this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

This makes me sad, as Samsung v HTC is almost like iPhone vs Android back in the day. The One is a better product.

Damn you humanity!

JC713 JC713 said:

This makes me sad, as Samsung v HTC is almost like iPhone vs Android back in the day. The One is a better product.

Damn you humanity!

I personally dont like the design of the One, but I like the OS and the aluminum body.

Kevin82485 Kevin82485 said:

I have the One and my girlfriend has the the GS4. I like mine better.

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