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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 lifewatcher on 5/24/2013 11:11:52 AM , Rating: 3
Note to Spuke: One doesn't have to be a nerd to appreciate consistency throughout an OS ecosystem. If Dell, HP, Acer, etc all had their versions of Windows, I think everyone, not only the nerds, would have had much more to complain about. Yes, there may be different bloatware, as manufacturers try to squeeze a few dimes in subsidies, but I see no benefit in a messed up interface. Just because some marketing schmuck decided that the wheel should be reinvented, doesn't mean that I want to pay for the overhead of developing unique UI, which will delay future upgrades to new Android versions and, yes, also for the salaries for that same marketing genius.

RE: Note to Android phone manufacturers
By Spuke on 5/24/2013 12:18:52 PM , Rating: 1
Note to Spuke: One doesn't have to be a nerd to appreciate consistency throughout an OS ecosystem.
They don't care!!! LOL! They're not nerds!!! How do they know about inconsistent ecosystems unless they're on the internet looking for information on this stuff. I know lots of people surround themselves with like minded people but I have the (apparently) unique position of being around mostly non-nerd, totally not techie people. Some of my friends and family are good at researching but their motivations are still as users not nerds. To them, a different look and feel is just that. if they like it, they buy it, If they don't like, they don't buy. They don't sit around arguing about inconsistent OS's like we do. it doesn't matter to them.

By arthur449 on 5/24/2013 9:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think you mean "informed consumers" instead of nerds.

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