INTERNET GIANT Google confirmed today that the rumours were true, lifting the lid off the HTC One Google Edition smartphone with stock Android.
Following the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, the online rumour mill was rife with speculation that HTC would follow suit by stripping its Sense user interface from the HTC One smartphone in favour of the stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Unsurprisingly, these rumours were true, with Google's head of Android Sundar Pichai unveiling the handset at the Allthingsd D11 conference on Thursday.
There's not much to say about the HTC One Google Edition handset since, much like the vanilla Galaxy S4 handset, its hardware specifications remain unchanged. Punters will find the same 4.7in HD 1080p Super LCD touchscreen, quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage and HTC's 4MP Ultrapixel camera.
The software is completely different though, with Google dropping HTC's Sense 5.0 user interface and loading the handset with its stock Android mobile operating system. There will be no Blinkfeed or HTC custom widgets, just plain, untouched Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with all of the usual Android features.
HTC said in a blog post, "We're excited to offer HTC fans and admirers alike a new experience on what we think is the best hardware available today. Google will offer a special edition of the HTC One with a 'Nexus user experience' through the Google Play store."
The HTC One Google Edition will be launched in the US on both the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. It will be available for $599 at Google Play on 26 June, the same day that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition goes on sale. There's no word on a UK release yet.
HTC was not immediately available for comment. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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