HTC just made all the speculation about an stock Android Version of its HTC One smartphone official today. The company's blog announced that the HTC One with what it calls the Nexus User Experience will arrive on June 26 for $599.
CNET did previously confirm that HTC was indeed working on a version of the HTC One that will run pure Android. Now the shroud of mystery has been lifted. In fact, the coveted device was shown off today by Google's Sundar Pichai at the D11 technology conference.
Contrasting Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4, which will also be sold in a version boasting Google's pristine Android software, the HTC One combines Android's greatest with a stunning all-metal design. Frankly it's an awesome development, and not just because users won't have to endure HTC's questionable BlinkFeed news aggregator.
While HTC's latest Sense overlay is snappy, clean, and well-designed, Android devotees no doubt prefer the unfettered form of Android, which made the LG Nexus 4 such a hit. Even more crucial is that Google pledges to update the HTC One Nexus User Experience frequently, ensuring that the device will offer the freshest flavors of Android.
Killer good looks and pristine Android aren't the only things that make the HTC One Nexus such a sweet mobile machine. Like the special Developer Edition of the HTC One, the handset will feature an unlocked SIM card slot, an unlocked bootloader, and support for various cellular bands of HSPA, WCDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and vaunted LTE 4G.
Expect the HTC One Nexus User Experience to arrive at the Google Play store on June 26 for $599.