HTC One Nexus Edition Not in the Works
While a Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition will be heading to the shelves of Google Play in June, there are currently no plans for an HTC One Nexus Edition, this according to HTC itself, comments that have seemingly dashed the hopes of those hoping for a vanilla version of the HTC One.
Earlier today on stage at Google I/O, Google announced that it would stocking a Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition, possibly also called Google Edition, in late June. The device will be coming with the same hardware as the current Samsung Galaxy S4 which means 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera, slim and lightweight design, and more.
It will be coming unlocked to the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile with support for 4G LTE data speeds, something that the current Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4, does not have.
Something else that it will have, that the other Galaxy S4 models won’t, is stock Android software. This means that the device, like the Nexus devices, will have vanilla Android software, void of Samsung’s fingerprints. In this case, it’s vanilla Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It also means that the device will be updated by Google, and not carriers, which means swifter Android updates. From the looks of things though, the Galaxy S4 will be the only “Nexus Edition” of a major Android phone not called Nexus.
Those holding out for a Nexus version of the other big name Android smartphone of 2013, the HTC One, likely won’t get the chance to buy one as HTC has seemingly dashed those dreams right out of the gate.
In comments made to SlashGear, an HTC employee confirmed that it is currently not working on an HTC One Nexus Edition with vanilla Android software. This doesn’t necessarily mean that an HTC One Nexus won’t come in the future but it certainly means that consumers should not expect one at any point in the near future.
This means that consumers will be stuck with the original HTC One, the device that offers not only Android Jelly Bean, but the Sense 5 user interface over the top.