The arrival of the HTC One Google Edition has now been confirmed, with US suitors able to get their hands on the stock Android-running smartphone from 26 June.
Shipping via Google Play, the stripped-back HTC One has been priced at $599 (£394 in our money), features Android 4.2.2 out the box and will be among the first devices to receive future upgrades to the platform.
With HTC’s Sense UI disposed of, this HTC One is a phone for the Android purist and has a roundly-lauded piece of hardware to showcase the OS’s qualities. The original HTC One picked up an impressive four-and-a-half stars out of five in our review, where Sandra Vogel noted that the build was “superb” and the screen was “a stunner to look at.”
Such praise hasn’t gone unnoticed by HTC, who comment, “Response to the HTC One has been phenomenal with reviewers praising the gorgeous design and innovative features. We’ve paired the stunning all-metal unibody with innovative HTC Sense features and the result is something truly remarkable.
“Now, we’re excited to offer HTC fans and admirers alike a new experience on what we think is the best hardware available today. Starting June 26, Google will offer a special edition of the HTC One with a 'Nexus user experience' through the Google Play store.”
There is no word yet on when, or indeed if, the HTC One 'Nexus' will be available in the UK. But the phrasing of HTC’s statement that the handset will “be available in the United States (initially)” makes it reasonable to assume a release on British shores will eventually follow. We’ll keep you posted on that.
The stock Android HTC One announcement comes shortly after Google revealed the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be getting the same software treatment, with that edition of the phone also set to begin shipping from 26 June.