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"Senseless" HTC One will soon be upon us

We reported last week that HTC was considering releasing a version of its “One” flagship smartphone without the Sense UI. The HTC One has won considerable praise for its stylish looks and relatively lightweight aluminum body, but the ever-present Sense UI has always been a sore point with HTC phones.
 
Well fear no more. Starting June 26, the HTC One with the full "Nexus user experience" will be available to purchase from the Google Play Store. The 32GB device (AT&T/T-Mobile compliant) will retail for $599 and comes equipped with Android 4.2.2.

 
The Samsung Galaxy S IV with the “Nexus user experience” will join the HTC One on the same day on the Google Play Store, however, that plastic-bodied smartphone will be priced at $649.

Source: HTC



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RE: While I can appreciate it...
By karimtemple on 5/30/2013 2:02:59 PM , Rating: 2
The main thing about a Google Experience phone is the speed of the updates. Essentially, you don't have to wait, whereas otherwise you will definitely have to wait, and the wait could be months.

I've never used the new Sense, but I love base Android mainly because I've never seen a 3rd-party SMS or phone app that I liked. Also yeah the 3rd-party skins have always been both ugly and obtrusive in my experience. And they're packed full of features that are mostly stupid and gaudy.


RE: While I can appreciate it...
By rudolphna on 5/30/2013 2:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
Then go to the store and try an HTC One, which is not bad at all. The SMS program is a million times better than stock android imo, it looks a lot nicer. Because you are saying that because other skins are bad, this one must be too. Go try a one. They aren't gaudy and/or stupid.


By karimtemple on 5/30/2013 2:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think I will! There are rumors of a 5.9'' Snapdragon 800 HTC phone coming, so a trial will also help with considerations of purchasing that.

But honestly, it's just nice knowing there isn't anything "on top" of your system. I'm all about minimalism in everything I do.


RE: While I can appreciate it...
By othercents on 5/30/2013 2:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
I also like my HTC One and have no issues with the performance or interface, however I wonder if having a stock Android version would have faster updates in the long term. The only thing notable is that the stock android version will probably be closer to the Developer version which means no AWS band for those T-Mobile users.

I do notice that using a different news reader gives more features from more places than blinkfeed does. Due to this I might move away from using blinkfeed.


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