On stage at the D11 conference, Google’s Sundar Pinchai announced another Nexus smartphone called the HTC One Google Edition or HTC One Nexus that will be joining the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus, or, Google Edition, at the Google Play Store in June.
In days since Google I/O, there have been rumors of an HTC One Nexus device, a device that could possibly join the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus that was announced on stage at Google I/O. HTC denied the rumors but unofficial information pointed to an arrival at some point in the near future.
That arrival took place today at the D11 conference where Android head Sundar Pinchai announced a stock HTC One Nexus that will be arriving next month with all of the bells and whistles of a Nexus smartphone.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus, the HTC One Nexus will be coming to the Google Play Store in June, specifically June 26th, and will be arriving unlocked for $599. That is actually a bit cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus which was announced on stage for $650. It’s unclear if the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus will drop down or they will simply feature different prices.
What this means is that consumers are going to be able to get their hands on an HTC One, complete with 4.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, Ultrapixel camera but also vanilla Android, quicker updates from Google and of course an unlocked bootloader.
The vanilla Android and the quick updates are key first, because the regular HTC One comes with a Sense 5 user interface, and two, because HTC is typically slow at updating its device, particularly its older ones.
It’s unclear if the device will be available outside of the Google Play Store and it’s also unclear if the HTC One Nexus, like the Galaxy S4 Nexus, will only be available in the United States from the start. We imagine that both will be true, though neither is confirmed,