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    HTC One 'Google Edition' for the US imminent


    HTC has said on many, many occasions that it'll never happen... but we're hearing from multiple reliable sources that, barring a sudden change of heart, a 'Google Edition' of the HTC One is set to be announced next week.

    Set to be available in the US Only - like its S4 equivalent - the device is said to use use identical hardware to the 'regular' HTC One Developer Edition. It remains to be seen whether this will impact the ability for enthusiasts to run the software on regular HTC One devices due to radio band support - once again T-Mo HSPA+ users could be out of luck. It does mean the device should pack 64GB of storage out of the box... do you still want that microSD support so bad?

    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.

    A 'stock Android' version of the One is particularly interesting for a number of reasons, not least because it gives the ability to really understand what you give up when you lose Sense vs what you gain with stock Android. Of course, you'll forfeit the HTC Camera application with it's Zoe and Highlights features, you'll bid goodbye to Blinkfeed and a number of HTC apps... but in theory you should get faster updates and a 'lighter' device.

    Many people have complained about the button layout on the One - a move to stock Android means the hardware buttons can easily be disabled and replaced by 'Nexus style' on screen buttons should you wish.

    If Samsung and HTC in conjunction with Google can create these AOSP editions, where does this leave the Nexus program? Will Sony join the party with an official Google Edition Xperia Z?

    How do you feel about a nonSense / Senseless HTC One? Share your thoughts!

    Zarch1972 also contributed to this item.

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    Should paint over that stupid button layout and use on screen buttons.

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    I don't mind Sense so much. What I do mind is how long updates take to come. First the manufacturer takes months then if it's a branded handset the network takes months.

    I've got a Nexus 7 and an Orange i9100. Can you tell? :o)

    So, I *really* hope this comes to the UK!

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    Personally I prefer hardware buttons, giving up display space to navigation buttons is just a waste. Sony already maintain AOKP builds for their handsets so right now they are the handset manufacturer I trust most to deliver updates.

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    This can only be a good thing, especially with HTC's recent inadequate update policy.

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    I love my HTC One, and don't mind Sense, but this would be great. HTC are still better at updates than LG (though when it finally came, the ICS update for the Optimus 2X was actually very, very good)

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    Never been a sense fan, sense only became vaguely acceptable with sense 5 anyway and its still ugly. This would be a great move by HTC, weather they like it or not, android is really their only cash cow now so they need to play nice with google.

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    Why US only? I'm more than happy with my Nexus 4 still (finger-print magnet and bad battery to one side) but I'd love to see it over here and can't really see the logic of not bringing it out England way.

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    Apparently this is going to be available only in very limited numbers and not to consumers, begging the question, "why release it at all?" (ie, why should developers be interested in a device that will never get to market properly)

    Edited by The Soup Thief
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