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HTC might update existing HTC One with stock Android



Hot on the heels of revealing the HTC One Google Edition, HTC has confirmed that it's looking into the possibility granting existing HTC One owners the ability to strip away the Sense UI and go pure Android.

An HTC representative has confirmed to The Verge that they are "examining the best way to support early adopters of the One."

The company had something similar to say to Pocket-lint, revealing that they were "taking a look at what, if anything, makes sense for early adopters of the One who want a stock Android experience."

Of course, this is far from confirmation that a switch to pure Android will be an option at some point for HTC One owners, but mentioning the very possibility is a big first step.

Precise details of how this might be facilitated weren't forthcoming, but as the HTC One's Sense UI is built on top of a reasonably current version of the Android OS, we'd have to imagine that it wouldn't be a major undertaking for HTC to flip the off switch.

The HTC One Google Edition will launch on June 26 at a price of $599 (£395) through the Google Play Store. It'll be the same stylish HTC One that we know and love, but with the likes of BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe peeled away in favour of a Google Nexus 4-like stock Android experience.

With a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 1080p display, it should be one of the most capable Android devices around. It'll certainly be a match for the recently revealed Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, which does a similar thing with Samsung's flagship smartphone.

Next, check out where the HTC One figures on our Best Mobile Phones 2013 list.


May 31, 2013, 1:03 pm

YEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I've been saying this on nearly every thread on TR regarding the GS4 Google Edition and the subsequent HTC One Google Edition - if HTC allow other HTC One owners do this (and then perhaps make their Camera App a downloadable addon) they would be really getting a one up on Samsung.

Nate Ebner

June 1, 2013, 12:03 am

It would be a classy move.
As another One user, I would miss the ability to make folders on the app launcher though. I find it massively useful, leaving my home screens for widgets, instead of app folders.

Hopefully this will become standard in KLP.


June 3, 2013, 3:42 pm

Yup, I've found I do the same as well - only one folder at the moment as I want to keep the phone and messages free and keep the browser readily available but then other things I use (such as the camera, spotify, play music etc) are in a quick access folder. It's a sexy setup HTC have done there, I'm sure Google will copy it.

Nate Ebner

June 3, 2013, 8:12 pm

I have all my often used apps on my main homepage, with a clock/weather widget, and so never access them by the app menu, so they are placed in themed folders, and relegated to the end, while lesser used apps, and games, are put in themed folders, arranged to minimise taps required.

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