The 2014 edition of the HTC One will get officially launched later on today, but we already have some important and official new information regarding it. According to Android Police, which was the first to notice this, there will be a Google Play Edition for new HTC One. The detail has apparently slipped in the description of the new HTC Gallery app which has been released on the Google Play Store today:

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The HTC Gallery provides you with a range of fast and easy ways to locate your photos. With Image Match, simply choose a photo with the object or person you want to find and it will locate similar images for you. Timeline View allows you to locate images by day, month or year. And POI Location searches photos that have been taken at a particular place. Now it’s fast and easy to find all the photos you need to. Support for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit.

We can see that the app description still carries what we believed to be the codename of the device – HTC One M8. The Google Play Edition of the 2014 HTC One could get released alongside with the regular version of the device, or it could be launched later on. The new HTC One has already been heavily leaked and we too have described one of the new features the device will have – the dual cameras on the back.

Those who aren’t too fond of HTC’s own customization of Android, the Sense skin, will definitely appreciate this move, if it becomes official. Take, for example, the fact that there isn’t even a Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition version out there. Just like last year, the GPE of the HTC One will be sold directly through Google Play’s online store and will come with an unmodified, stock version of Android, referred to as Vanilla.

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First of all, let me say that leaking such information in quite a negligent way makes me question their internal discipline and exactness. As for the news itself, I’m sure that there are many out there (just like yours truly) who dislike Android customizations and prefer the real thing.

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