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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 Wererat on 5/24/2013 11:55:32 AM , Rating: 3
This is dead wrong. Everyone who owns one of these phones notices when the guy with the other phone has the cool features of the OS upgrade, but they don't. At that point, every day is negative PR for the company as the owner says "why can't I have 'feature X'" too?

This is doubly true when the manufacturer (often in mere months) just stops bothering to offer upgrades because they only have time to support the latest phone or the one not yet out.

If these companies think they're adding value with their customizations, let them offer them as an add-on package.

By Spuke on 5/24/2013 12:19:30 PM , Rating: 1
This is dead wrong. Everyone who owns one of these phones notices when the guy with the other phone has the cool features of the OS upgrade, but they don't.
Not what I'm talking about at all.

By insurgent on 5/28/2013 4:31:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I'm sure millions of people with the S4 and One are envious of the lockscreen widgets in 4.2.2. LMAO

Air gestures, Beats, Blinkfeed, photos with audio, Smart branded features; I'm sure you do not care about these and they don't sell phones, yeah, let's see the Nexus 4's sales numbers, hahaha!

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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