It was rumored, and now it’s here: on stage at D, Sundar Pichai just revealed a new version of the HTC One that runs an untouched, stock version of Google’s Android operating system. It will be available from the Google Play store starting June 26th for $599.
For me (and probably most iOS users with a keen interest in technology) this announcement marks the first phone that they’d consider switching to Android for. The HTC One is a stunning device with great features, good battery life and a good design and now it has Google’s uncluttered version of Android. I’m glad Google struck the same deal with HTC that it did with Samsung for the much uglier, more plasticky Galaxy S4.
If only the apps were better… – sigh –