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 12:24:10 PM
I'm not one of those people. I would much prefer sense over stock android if only because it streamlines the look of all the common functions I make use of. I don't want to spend time downloading a ton of apps and widgets, then customizing them in hopes they can look relatively the same.
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