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HTC One with plain old Android expected this summer

One of the biggest headaches in the Android smartphone realm is the lag time between when Google releases an OS update and when smartphone manufacturers release their own customized version. That can mean when Google releases a new version of Android, it can be months before some users are able to get it on devices that use custom user interfaces.

HTC is now reportedly considering offering a version of the popular HTC One smartphone that lacks the unloved Sense user interface. Multiple sources are now indicating that HTC has a software build in the works for a plane HTC One running nothing but Android 4.2.2.

At this point, the rumors don't offer any indication of exactly how people will go about purchasing a version of the HTC One running plain Android. The device could be sold via the Google Play Store, but that is unconfirmed.

Sources did indicate that HTC will make the Sense-less version of the One available first in the U.S. The one caveat to a Sense-less version of the HTC One could be the lack of software support for some of the features that make the phone so good, such as BeatsAudio the HTC ImageSense software.

HTC also already has a Developer Edition of the One, and a Senseless version could muddy the waters for the company.
At this year’s Google I/O conference, Google announced a “pure” version of the Samsung Galaxy S IV that uses the stock Android operating system.


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RE: Note to Android phone manufacturers
By corduroygt on 5/24/2013 10:06:32 AM , Rating: 5
If the average user does not know the difference between Sense and plain Android, why spend money on it?
Also, they will surely notice the difference in responsiveness, it's still a big selling point for the iPhone.

By asgallant on 5/24/2013 11:23:25 AM , Rating: 2
As I understand things, the main driver for these reskins is the Asian market, where they are popular. Without the reskins, the phones don't sell there, so it is worth it for the OEM's to do the work of reskinning. We get stuck with this crap because it is cheaper for them to sell all of their phones reskinned than to maintain two different software stacks.

RE: Note to Android phone manufacturers
By Spuke on 5/24/2013 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 1
If the average user does not know the difference between Sense and plain Android, why spend money on it?
You are missing the point. The average user does NOT know there is a Sense or a plain Jane Android or TouchWiz or any of that stuff. They just know they have a phone that looks great and has X features. THAT'S IT!!! These people don't spend their days on internet forums debating nerds on techie stuff. Your average person is NOT a techie in any way, shape or form. Why is this so hard to understand? Sure if you SHOWED them the differences, they MIGHT prefer plain Android or they may not. I showed a few in-laws my phone and they all went an bought SGS3's, one got a Droid DNA. Obviously plain Android wasn't a big deal to them. US, WE, nerdy types would prefer an unmolested OS because we KNOW the benefits and average people aren't nerds!!! Different priorities and motivations for regular folks. I get it.

By dsumanik on 5/27/2013 8:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
To Spuke and any other apple vs whoever the phuck my epeen is bigger than yours internet wannabe forum super hero:

Using the argument of :

"the average user isnt a techie and doesnt want or understand *insert anything here*"

has been used in for the last 15 years and is still failing.

You are on a tech blog.
The people here are techies.
You are arguing with a crowd who will never see any other point of view.
The "average" consumer is now pretty nerdy anyways, go listen to the discussions at a "genius"'s both hilarious and sad.

Some good advice my father gave me on the day i graduated:

The only person in life you can change is yourself.

SO yeah, just give it up.

All of you are smashing your heads against a brick wall over and over, with no chance of success, recognition, or validation for your misplaced urge to assert dominance and earn respect from others, especially women, in the real world.

Thats really what it boils down to, you need to get laid!


The user with the hot avatar pic IS a 40 year old fat guy named murray.
See line above p.s.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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