Finally, the rumors have turned into reality – it is now confirmed that HTC and Google will be launching a special version of the HTC One smartphone that will run on a stock version of Android. Its official that after the Samsung Galaxy S4, even the HTC One will be running on stock Android.
The official announcement was made by Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president for Android at Google. In fact, he was the one who confirmed the rumor of a new HTC One that will be running on stock Android at his interview at the D11 conference. The interesting part is that this device will be officially launched on Google Play on the 26th of June alongside the Google Galaxy S4, but the difference is that the Galaxy S4 will be priced at $649 whereas the HTC One will be priced at $599.
On the other hand, HTC also made the announcement on its blog:
‘Response to the HTC One has been phenomenal with reviewers praising the gorgeous design and innovative features. We’ve paired the stunning all-metal unibody with innovative HTC Sense features and the result is something truly remarkable. Now, we’re excited to offer HTC fans and admirers alike a new experience on what we think is the best hardware available today.’
This new version of HTC One running on stock Android will have 32GB of internal storage space, an unlockable bootloader, and will also be SIM-unlocked and can be used with GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T. The device goes on sale on the same day as the stock Samsung Galaxy S4. As of now, this device will only be available in the United States.