The long rumored and hugely anticipated Google edition of HTC One is now official. Sundar Pichai, the new Android SVP at Google announced this at the D11 conference. HTC One with Nexus experience will be released on June 26th for an attractive price of $599.
This comes just a fortnight after Google announced Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus at Google I/O 2013. Galaxy S4 Google edition will also be made available from June 26th, but for a higher price of $649. 32GB Factory Unlocked HTC One (with Sense 5.0) has been available in the US for $649, and now, the Google edition will be available for $50 less.
As with the Galaxy S4 Google edition, the OS updates on HTC One GE will also be handled by Google directly, without having to rely on the OEM or the carrier to release an update. The unlocked HTC One will run on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US with support for high-speed LTE on both networks.
Releasing the Google Nexus edition of the top android flagships is a master-stroke from Google. Over the years, several users have complained that the Nexus devices lack in features and quality in comparison to the flagship devices from OEMs like Samsung and HTC. Without a doubt, both HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 compete for the ‘best android phone’ title, but carry the bloatware called Touchwiz & Sense. For those, who look for stock android experience, without having to sacrifice the best hardware, Google editions of both HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are a boon.
Sadly, both the devices are announced for US only. Others need to wait.