HTC Considers "Senseless" One Smartphone
May 24, 2013 8:00 AM
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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
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
5/24/2013 11:23:25 AM
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
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.
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