Remember when Google announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 with "Nexus Experience" at the recent Google I/O and pretty soon after, first rumors made the round that we can also expect a HTC One with "Nexus Experience"? Well, shortly after that rumor made the round, HTC denied any plans by saying "HTC is not currently planning a Nexus Edition of the HTC One". However, today, HTC announced exactly that HTC One; a special edition running stock Android which will be exclusively available through the Google Play store in the United States starting on June 26th. This edition pairs the all-metal unibody design, low-light capabilities of the UltraPixel camera and dual front-facing stereo speakers of the new HTC One with the stock version of the latest Android software, Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Since it's a Nexus experience phone, HTC confirmed the::unwired, that this version of the HTC One will not include BlinkFeed or the Sense camera UX (since those are deeply ingrained in Sense). Specific to the camera, it will have Android's camera experience including the Photo Sphere introduced with Jelly Bean 4.2, but it will not have the HTC Sense camera experiences which include HTC Zoe, Highlights or the living gallery. For sure, also HTC Sense TV and therefore the IR blaster, which lets you remote control your TV are disabled. On HTC's very special buttons configuration, this One will work the same as the original HTC One with short press of Home for Home, long press for Google Now and double tap for Recent Apps. And for sure, the black menu bar remains for apps that still have not updated to Google's design specifications.
Last but not least it does include the hardware/chipset benefits of Beats Audio, however it does neither have the software nor the the Beats visual indicator in the status bar.
This special edition device, priced at US$ 599 (which is US$ 50 less then the HTC One Developer Edition - which nerveless will have doubled memory), will be available in the United States (initially) and supported on GSM networks. Out of the box, this special edition HTC One will run Android 4.2.2 with subsequent software updates provided by Google.
Cheers ~ Arne