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HTC One “Nexus Experience” Confirmed by Sundar Pichai, Available June 26 for $599

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Sundar Pichai is on stage at D11 this morning, and right out of the gate announced that they will sell an HTC One “Nexus Experience” through Google Play on June 26 for $599. This device was rumored and denied and rumored again shortly after Samsung and Google announced their “Nexus Experience” edition of the Galaxy S4 at I/O, but over the last week, rumors picked up that HTC would indeed be offering a similar experience on their newest flagship. Today, that rumor is confirmed. 

Update:  Hugo Barra just confirmed it on G+ as well, along with the beautiful image of it at the top of this post.

Update 2:  HTC has also announced the device now. We’re looking at the 32GB version of the HTC One, running stock Android, capable of running on T-Mobile and AT&T LTE, for $599 through Google Play. The device is running Android 4.2.2, has an unlockable bootloader, and somehow keeps Beats Audio (even though it’s stock).

Via:  AllThingsD

  • Rienone

    I have the HTC One and I love it. It is my first Android so I’m kinda a n00b. Will I be able to update my HTC One from ATT that I already own to 4.2 Jelly Bean without Sense?

  • Jose Bonifacio

    “capable of running on T-Mobile and AT&T LTE” – For TMobile, 4G LTE will only work if you are in select cities (Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, San Jose CA, Houston TX, Washington DC, Kansas MO, and Baltimore MD). In other words, it will not work for the great majority of TMo customers.

    Source: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5626

    • Shilamar Drea Shockley


  • NemaCystX

    They beat out Samsung’s price by $50 and thats a steal considering the superior hardware quality vs plastic.

  • Nico

    It keeps beats audio through the audio drivers and amplified speakers and headphone jack.

  • bananatroll

    Here’s another android shattering fact:

    99.9% of consumers don’t know what android even is, much less how its different from touchwiz

  • Huy Pham

    This is similar to the Developer Edition except for AOSP built-in. It STILL DOESN’T have all the antennas for T-Mobile!!!! ARGHHHHHHH

  • chris125

    As much as everyone wants stock I may be in the minority and actually want the skins for a few reasons. 1. The touchwiz/sense camera features are 10x better than stock camera interface google has for android. Not to mention all of the other enhancements such as boom sound etc that currently aren’t in stock android. yes updates will come quicker but at a cost. Maybe I am in the minority on this one.

  • Philip Brain

    Will we be able to purchase through at&t directly? Say, for example, if I had an upgrade, could I use that?

    • Brian_2112

      Any devices sold through Google Play (such as Nexus devices) are unlocked…so unless AT&T decides to carry the Google version of the One on contract, you won’t be able to get it through them directly.

  • joyfi

    I think there is a lot more down the pipe for these nexus versions, remember the Google and Dish network talks a while back. Well Dish owns a few data spectrum bands, Google purchased a phone company, they are expanding Google fiber and adding phones sold through Google. Well its mid 2013 now, so in the next year I see Google launching its own cellular data service, think about everything that’s happening right now and the moves being made, wonder why Verizon hasent dropped a nexus to the full experience, they never will again. Just my thoughts on where this is heading, probly wishful thinking!

  • No_Ledge

    No HSPA AWS band means no HSPA 42 on t-mobile (US). Same problem with development edition, it has edge (2G) and LTE only. And as of now, I don’t think anyone has figured out how to get the AWS band enabled on non Tmobile specific models, or if it’s even possible. This was a deal breaker for me since there’s no T-mobile LTE where I live so I didn’t get the 64GB dev ed and settled for the Tmobile one. Better to wait and see if the Google experience gets ROM’d for use with the Tmobile model.

    • sff

      its reversed. it will support TMO HSPA+ as that is being refarmed to the 1900 band. LTE will be on the AWS bands 1700/2100.

      • No_Ledge

        You’re correct, but I don’t want a phone that will eventually work at the speed I want. And using edge in the meantime is out of the question. If you’re in a refarmed area then there’s no downside to this phone.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i’ve been thinking about getting the TMobile one for just this reason. have you found it to be hacker friendly? have you unlocked it and tried it on any prepaid and/or ATT plans? i’d appreciate any info, thanks.

      • No_Ledge

        I unlocked the bootloader, installed custom recovery, and I have a sense ROM flashed based on the updated 1.29 firmware. In my opinion, I don’t think the AOSP based ROMs have been around long enough for me to use as my daily driver. I have a prepaid t-mobile plan so I cant comment on compatibility with att. You could try the xda forum for the tmobile htc one and ask there.

        I’m hoping the Google experience gets ROM’d so I will be able to just flash that amd call it a day.

  • SD_Scott

    I’m still unclear on why this is a big deal… It’s the same phone specs right? Can’t you just unlock your own bootloader and flash a pure android experience? What am I missing here?

    • sfff

      For one you don’t need to go through that process. Second, I’m not sure how hard it is to unlock the BL on a carrier HTC one but this will be much easier and the most important thing is that updates come directly from Google.

      • SD_Scott

        It seems to me that most of those updates are available as flashable ROMs shortly after their release. 3 days max in most cases. I understand why a developer would love this phone but I just don’t get the hype for these types of phones… Oh well, thanks for responding.

        • No_Ledge

          Sfff is referring to the OS updates. Those sometimes take anywhere from weeks to months for carriers to release to their phones. With this it will be immediate.

    • PhoenixPath


      IR, camera, beats, BT is wonky, black-screen issues after calls….

      • But the ROM from this will just be ported to the other versions of the phone…

        • PhoenixPath

          Exactly. My post is about what is mising from the “current state” that having AOSP from HTC would help mitigate.

  • Brian

    Can’t wait till it’s released, this will be ported to the Sense HTC One and all hell will break loose with Roms…

  • stevethecat22644

    I don’t think you are correct sir. Tmobile LTE is being rolled out on 1700/2100 (AWS bands). They previously used this spectrum for HSPA+ but it is being re-farmed. A phone must get both in order to take advantage of tmo’s LTE because one is upstream and one is downstream. So it looks like this won’t support tmo LTE but will support their HSPA+. They are moving their HSPA+ to the 1900 spectrum.

    • Meltdown07

      You are right, but “being refarmed” isnt the same as “has been refarmed”. Some of us dont live in already-farmed areas on the bleeding edge of Tmobile’s 4g rollouts. Being stuck with 2g, even temporarily, is a dealbreaker. Its a stupid decision by HTC to not support these bands right now.

  • Meltdown07

    Big time miss on not supporting AWS 3G bands on this one. I was waiting for this, but as a T-mobile faithful, I will have to pass.

  • If they made this with the on screen buttons I would actually consider selling my N4 and paying the chunk of change to upgrade. The phone was brilliant in its build and i liked my previous HTC phone but have no desire to have Sense since Android 4.0+.

    • Captain_Doug

      Agreed. Not a fan of HTCs buttons. On screen keys would just be awesome.

  • saint_stephen

    So will the One’s 4MP camera without their software features be a pretty meh / terrible shooter in all likelihood? Currently rocking a Nexus 4 and am contemplating making the switch to either a GE One or S4 come June 26…

  • saint_stephen

    Now I just need to decide between this and the Google Experience S4…

  • saint_stephen

    I’m confused–how does stock Android work with a two button setup?

    • Jason Bittner

      on screen

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Just like the htc one with sense. Double tap home for recents. Hold home for google now. Or vice versa, i dont own it.

    • brkshr

      Android in general has settings for different button configurations. They just have to change a couple lines of code & all is well. It’s not really hard. They designed android to work with many different hardware configurations. They know that Android manufacturers vary widely.

    • Steve Benson

      Most likely Back, Home and then long press Home for Recents. Not sure about the menu button, but I don’t really care because devs with any pride should have fixed this in their apps by now.

  • Steve Benson

    I’m torn.

    On one hand I’m extremely happy. We’ve been asking for Google to make something like this happen for years now.

    On the other hand these devices seem half-assed. For the starters, the cameras on these phones are instantly handicapped by the stock camera app. This is a shame because both the One and the S4 have excellent cameras. The second thing is the button layout. Nobody likes Samsung’s or HTC’s button layout in conjunction with stock Android. It just doesn’t feel or look right, it’s dirty. I wish they would’ve re-branded the front hardware of both of these devices as a black slate like a Nexus device with on-screen keys.

    • saint_stephen

      I think that the S4’s camera is innately “less” handicapped by stock Android given that it is still a 13MP camera whereas the One is 4MP.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      For now. The camera ui has changed in 4.3, and i doubt thats the only thing they’ve worked.
      I know most geeks don’t like the button layouts, but it works. The functionality is still there. If they did it any other way, it’d be a whole new device.

  • squrel23

    Lets see…$599 for the One and ETF from Verizon….still worth it.

  • Tim Swann

    any chance we see and Google Experience devices comes in CDMA/LTE versions? My guess is highly unlikely….

  • RBI411

    I wish they woulda upped the price another $50 and given it decent HSPA+ bands. T-Mobile customers and prepaid MVNO users really got the shaft on this one.

  • hkklife

    Decisions, decisions. The superior build, internal storage, & speakers of the HTC or the bigger screen, better all-around camera & microSD slot + removable battery of the S4. I think Samsung’s button layout is better suited for a Nexus Experience stock device than the HTC buttons are (unless HTC changes it for the NexExp device). And, as others have pointed out, HTC’s Sense does a LOT of image post processing so a 4Mp camera running the stock camera app is going to be pretty lousy. I can’t wait for the head to head shootout of the latest Nexus Experience devices!

    • LionStone

      The screen difference is not that great, the One has OIS and better low light performance, so the S4 isn’t better “all around”. The SD and removable battery is preference only, I’d rather have the more efficient battery on the One. Yea, it’ll be interesting to see how they work the camera on the GE One.

      • Tim242

        Better all around means best in most situations. The One’s battery is not more efficient. It has terrible battery life. The S4 has a bigger battery and bigger screen, in a smaller body.

        • JMonkeYJ

          do you know how One battery life compares to the N4? i know S4 has great battery life, but i’ve become accustomed to the N4, so if it’s as good as that, it would be fine for me. also i know for the way i use my smartphone camera, the One would be significantly better all-around.

          • Tim242

            Not sure about N4 battery. Check out the screenshot below from the S4. It can take great low light pics as well.

          • LionStone

            “All of our night shots were taken using the phones’ dedicated night modes. And no surprises here — the HTC One runs rings around the Galaxy S4 in night shots. The S4 didn’t fare too badly here, but there’s plenty of noise and fuzziness to be seen compared to HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ camera”. Full review below:


            I’ll gladly sacrifice a bit on outside day shots, for better low light shots with the wide angle f/2.0 lens on the ONE, rather than the f/2.2 on the S4. Plus specific Macro mode and Optical Image Stabilizer on the ONE for video…Plus the next generation Image Signal Processor (ImageChip 2)…Plus the f/2.0 wide-angle, 88° front-facing camera and HDR and Zoe (got kids) seals the deal for me 🙂

            “Indeed, cameras with higher resolutions allow for better cropping and digital zooming. When shots are viewed at their regular size, however, there isn’t any visible degradation of detail.”

            “In short, even though it’s not perfect and we’d love to be able to get more detail from zoomed-in shots, the One’s UltraPixels methodology appears to be completely sound. We’re confident enough in its quality, in fact, to declare the One as our new go-to camera.” Full review:


          • Chris

            Yeah, the One totally takes the best low light. I really liked that review from Android Central though.

            To me, I wanted the One, but it isn’t on Verizon, and I got the S4. I’m glad I did. The One takes better low light, but the S4 beat it in other pictures, and I love the new features of the S4, plus the SD card and removable battery and the 5 inch screen. But it’s all personal preference!

          • LionStone

            Yea, sucks not having the ONE as an option right now…my buddy is going to VZW today to get a new phone, I told him to check out the Maxx HD and compare with the S4, see which one he gets. Both the same price, $200., except the S4 ($250.) has a $50. mail-in rebate. Enjoy your new S4!

          • Chris


            If you remember, let me know what he chooses!

          • LionStone

            Copy that!

  • Detonation

    Without the special software features that come with these devices (S4 and One) these Google Editions almost seem like a downgrade. Yes everyone here loves the AOSP experience, but there’s a lot of hardware/sensors you’re paying for going to waste if the GE’s don’t support them.

    • flosserelli

      The GE HTC One will have extra drivers/libs for the amplifier, but I suspect everything else will be straight AOSP.

  • cjohn4043

    Stock definitely looks better on the One than S4. That said, I don’t know why anyone would pick up this device. Sure the build quality is supreme, but it lacks the software enhancements HTC put in. I’d rather get a One with Sense on it and then install Cyanogenmod later on if I wanted to. Plus, a Nexus 7 could always be bought as the “stock” device.

  • David Schendt

    The G+ post says it has Beat Audio, but I’m not sure if that means just the speakers or if it means software as well.

    • brkshr

      Beats Audio refers to the software. BoomSound refers to the speakers.

  • PhoenixPath

    That and a good camera app. (and hopefully “free” and not “sold”)

  • joejoe5709

    This really gives credence to the “multiple Nexii” rumors about a year ago. Other than the front facing speakers, I’m not really interested in the phone itself but I really hope this whole “Nexus Experience” thing is a growing trend. Of course, I’m only really interested in a true Nexus – on Verizon if possible. Only a true Nexus will have a truly devoted dev community and the staying power of 2+ years.

  • im sorry but i will NEVER pay $600 for a phone that I will use for 2 years.

    • flosserelli

      If you sell it while you can still get good money for it, then you are not really spending $600. That is what I do.

      • Steve Benson

        This is exactly what people who buy phones at full retail do. They usually changes phones every six months to a year. If they buy at full retail, say $600, they can still sell it for $450-500 six months down the road, assuming they keep it in perfect condition, which is also another good reason for a solid case and screen protector.

    • Ian

      You always do, whether you like it or not. Carrier subsidies.

  • Glen E Ston

    fack, i need to just sever my line with Verizon :/

  • kevin_gee

    Imagine Verizon didnt get the Htc One in the first place because, they wanted to replace the HTC logo with a Verizon logo? That would be nuts.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    A 4 MP camera with stock Google camera software. Sounds like hell, or similar to what I get out of my GNex camera.

  • paul_cus

    Nice to see this being offered, but I think I’m still going to go with Sony. The compact form factor of the ZL is too nice for me to pass up.

  • BrianLipp

    OMG Verizon, PLEASE work with Google to actually GET some phones (you know, the things people need to actually USE your network) ON your network!

    • I honestly don’t think that NOT carrying these phones affects Verizon’s business plan at all.

      • BrianLipp

        maybe not these particular phones, but they havent had a new (flagship) phone since the DNA last year. THATS not good for business

        • Tim242

          Both the Note 2 and S4 have come out since the DNA…

          • BrianLipp

            note 2 came out like, what? a week after the DNA? and the gs4 JUST came out, so its been like 6 months since their last flagship. Thats still not good, especially when AT&T was getting a flagship phone like every other week.

          • Tim242

            At&t has only released one other flagship, which is the One. Verizon got the DNA, which at&t didn’t get a variant…until the One. Regardless, why do you need/want new flagships every month. That cannibalizes sales of current phones, and confuses average consumers. I got the Note 2 on Nov. 29th
            I only had it 6 months before getting the S4. I don’t want to change phones more often than that!!!!

  • sith77

    WHAT ?!?! no vendor software ??? Well this just solidified the fact that Verizon will never get this . Verizon wont allow this without verizon crappy apps

  • schoat333

    Is there any reason you could not flash this firmware on a s-off retail version?

    • PhoenixPath

      Should work on any GSM version. Should.

      Depends on if they release binaries like they currently do on Nexus devices.

  • Mikey Styles

    Prob already been said but this is a better deal than the: $649 for the S4 GE. Having microSD support & a .29in bigger screen isn’t a $50 jump in price imo. Still nice to have a Nexus 4 from LG along with a Samsung & HTC entry only helps in the long run.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Totally done with Verizon as well. Can’t wait till November.

  • JonathonFlores

    Plus..who wants a stock Android phone without software buttons. #gross haha

  • JonathonFlores

    I plan on jumping on TMO pretty soon. I’m not gonna leave my VZW unlimted data plan but upgrading to a new device on a CDMA network just isn’t worth it. I’ll wait to upgrade/ buy a phone off contract until VoLTE happens. Getting a great GSM phone is more common than a CDMA phone.

  • wills96

    It seems I’ll never be able to get a decent free phone from work on Sprint…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    oh no the camera software 🙁
    and shoutout whoever brought back up that 5 nexus device rumor from last year. We’re with that.

  • [email protected]

    just because HTC was trying to give us the run around, i will NOT buy another HTC device. i hope you guys go DOWN. how you like that HTC?

    • Glen E Ston

      why would you hope that? why not hope for the best? so negative..

      • Tim242

        Because they are shady and outright lie

  • elemeno

    One question I haven’t seen Google answer: Are these “Nexus experience” phones supported by AOSP?

    • Good question. For some reason, I would doubt it, but do not know for sure.

      • Mikey Styles

        You’d figure there should could or would be some sort of timely update process. One would think with these announcements especially @ Google I/O that they won’t be just be left in limbo or high & dry. But the past has taught u some harsh lessons tho haha

    • brkshr

      I would put money on that being a no. That’s why they clearly state everywhere that these are ‘Nexus Experience’ devices. You get the experience of Nexus software. Not everything that a Nexus or the Nexus program is meant to be.

      • elemeno

        My guess is you’re right.

  • mechapathy

    Google Experience HTC One for $50 less than the GE GS4? Good move, HTC.

  • sk33ls

    screen shot time 420

    • Runs 4.2.2, that’s why. 🙂

    • Higher_Ground

      and yet the analog clock is at 4:50!?

  • this maybe a dumb question but will i be able to put stock android rom on my unlocked HTC one i just purchased?

    • Has an unlockable bootloader, so unlock it, root it, toss on a recovery, and then flash a stock ROM.

      • gotcha, i was worried since i didn’t purchase a dev edition off their site i wouldn’t be able to do it. phew!

  • BrianCherry

    It looks like I might be upgrading my newly purchased Nexus 4 for this.

  • Derek Lockovich

    So tell me this…. How is the camera going to work on this device? Are they going to optimize the stock Android camera software to work as effectively as the Sense version?

    From what I’ve read on the unlocked versions that have been loaded with Sense, the image quality on pictures is extremely subpar. I’m wondering if that’s adjusted or not.

  • DanWazz

    I hope this trend keeps up but the prices go down a little. I need to finish out this contract with VZW, then I’m free!

  • jamie stevens

    silver and black??? and where the hell is the black version….and the 64gb ill pay $50 more for 64gb HTC and google. im sure a lot of people will.

  • Anonymous

    It’s real. It’s actually real. :’)

  • Aj Bastedo

    will verizon ever get a nexus or nexus experience device?!?!

    • flosserelli

      No and no.

    • Stephen Freeman

      Verizon screwed the pooch with the Galaxy Nexus.

    • steve30x

      if they do, it wont be a “nexus experience” since they love holding up updates for months not weeks on every phone and especially a nexus device.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    There was so much talk a while back on their being multiple Nexus devices on all carriers, perhaps that’s what’s going on with the S4 and One.

    • William_Morris

      Except these will not on “all” carriers.

  • The fact that it supports Beats Audio tells you right off the bat that it will be an HTC ROM and not updated by Google. This puts it in the same class as the T-Mobile G2 (stock Android but created and updated by HTC). Don’t expect “prompt” system updates.

    • AndroidUser00110001

      Read the HTC page. Updates coming from Google…

      • Marketing. I’ll believe it when I see a screenshot of the “About Phone” screen. If the Android build number is a standard 5- or 6-character build number like JDQ39 or JDQ39E, then I’ll eat my words because that means it comes from Google. Anything other than that, though, it’s an OEM ROM and is useless if fast updates mean anything to you.

  • Fiorta

    HTC Blog shows all Verizon bands being supported… yet no Verizon support. Lame.

  • David Schendt

    Now I have to decide if I want this or the White Nexus 4!!!

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m pleased at the price point!

  • Dr0me

    this is amazing.. cannot wait for the ROMs

  • theentropic

    This is awesome news. I really hope the OEMs start doing it with all flagship phones (that is, offer the google experience and their own experience). Then, hopefully (but doubtful) VZW can remove the giant stick from their ass and start allowing all of these on their network as well.

    • No. We want good cameras and software. This doesn’t help. Stock is for people to tinker and toy. Unless 5.0 brings better camera software. I don’t want any Google experience.

      • theentropic

        Did you not read the part where I said I hope they offer both? Your needs are different from mine. I don’t give a crap about the camera – I want timely updates and stock Android as Google envisioned it. If I can get that in any flagship phone – it only gives me more options to choose from.

        • sirmeili

          Not to mention, that there is nothing stopping the OEM from releasing the software that is missing (camera for instance) in the play store either for free or for a small fee. You could still have both.

      • EC8CH

        stock is also for people who prefer a well thought out minimal UI opposed to the mess that are Sense and Touchwiz.

  • EC8CH

    With all these Google editions phones coming out at $600 it will be interesting to see what Moto retails the X at based on Woodside’s remarks that price won’t persist.

    • William_Morris

      Well, knock off the 50% markup from the $650.00 he was talking about, you’re looking at $433.00 or so…

      • LionStone

        Yea, I’m thinking $499.99

  • EC8CH

    Could we please just take this trend to it’s logical conclusion and ship phones that allow us to pick you’re crappy skins or choose stock android?

    • JoshGroff

      You’re a crappy skin. I’m sorry, that was a bad joke, but I felt I just had to…

      • EC8CH

        nope… my skin is as pale and milky as stock vanilla android.

        • John charitos

          haha funnier yet that you didn’t get but his just pointing out that it’s your* instead of you’re 😛

          • JoshGroff

            I wanted to do it without sounding like a grammar Nazi, apparently that was lost in translation. I’m glad you caught it. 😉

          • EC8CH

            ok… now I can’t tell if “his just pointing out”

            is just a typo, or another grammar joke that is going over my head.

          • John charitos

            Haha nope that’s just me thinking faster than I type… Or is it..? 😉

  • Greg Morgan

    You know, Google and other OEM’s are starting to leave Verizon out of the loop on these phones. Obviously Verizon and their closed system determines this…but makes you wonder how long they’re going to stay that way.

    • Matt

      I guess they’ll just have to pimp the iPhone/S4/Droid Razr more.

  • Miah
  • ok thats it, i’ve had it with VERIZON. they don’t any of those cool nexus/google phones besides the galaxy nexus which i still have. If it wasn’t for my great plan price, I would have left DAMMITtt

    • JoshGroff

      I’m the same way, I’m on contract for another couple months, and I have the cash to ETF, but there’s nothing really enticing me to make the switch at the moment. I have a DNA and G-Nex and the S4 and One aren’t enough of a jump up from my DNA to really make me care.

    • albert5x5

      I feel ya. I’m starting to wonder how long we’ll be holding on to our Galaxy Nexus, before we can finally get a new Google Experience / Nexus phone on Verizon.

      • EC8CH

        Moto X?

        • jer85008

          I’ll wait to upgrade/re-up contract until late Summer and see how things play out. If the X phone sucks, I’m out. Sorry Verizon, I’m tired of your BS. And just an FYI – your LTE network in San Diego is so tapped that the speeds are pretty slow most of the time.

          • EC8CH

            I hear ya, if VZW skips on the google edition S4, One, and if the Moto X is locked down and garbage, of if they pass on the next Nexus if there is one… I’m sorry but screw you verizon.

            (actually I’m not sorry)

          • KleenDroid

            I am all about unlocked phones and stock experiences. I loved my Gnex and flashed roms all the time. I bought a couple S4’s on day 1 and I must admit I am really enjoying it. I am rooted and Loki’d and am already on my third rom. Loved my Nex, but so far also loving the S4. It will get even better with time. Just wish it had onscreen keys.

          • michael arazan

            Preach it EC8CH, total agreement

          • flosserelli

            Same here. Sometimes I think I should have held out for at&t LTE, but their network will be saturated in a couple of years too.

          • Bob G

            Unless you have unlimited with Verizon and a super cheap plan, why not just jump to AT&T and when their network becomes saturated in a few years, jump to whatever carrier is doing better then? Sounds like win win win to me.

          • flosserelli

            I have 5 unlimited lines and get a 25% employer discount. 3 of the lines could get by on a tiered plan, but the other 2 definitely would not. I’ll probably just suck it up and hope my next phone supports AWS.

          • Redsun

            Because AT&T sucks for most people.

          • neo1738

            Also don’t forget Verizon will be doubling their bandwidth AWS for LTE in the coming months. That should put speeds well beyond At&t and other newer LTE carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile.

          • TylerCameron

            T-Mobile and AT&T already use AWS LTE -.-
            Sprint uses PCS.
            PCS and AWS have similar bandwidth capabilities….

          • Bigwavedave25

            Same for me in Charlotte over the last few weeks. Either the network is saturated or they have caught on to my antics and are throttling me…
            Just ran a speedtest and my 4g and 3g speeds down were the SAME. Up on 4g was over 10Mbps though…

          • flosserelli

            Holy crap. And I thought my 4G speeds were lame. I feel for you, bro :/

          • Bigwavedave25

            God, I hope not!!! 🙁
            This would be very sad and unfortunate. I have a few months left to test this (and I definitely will!!) if so SEE YA VERIZON!!! !%&[email protected]$$’s…

          • jer85008

            No way I’m getting throttled, I only use about 2-3GB per month max (and on a 4GB tiered plan). However, I typically only get 2-3Mbps unless it’s late at night. BS! When they first launched LTE here, I was getting 15-20 Mbps most of the time.

          • Bigwavedave25

            Yeah, we all know Verizon’s network speeds are deff not what they used to be. I doubt that I am actually being throttled… I flashed back to the 4.1.1 radios and my speeds were better, more like what you are seeing. Guess I’ll be running these again for the time being!

          • Brian Sargent

            I’m having the same issue in SE Tenn. I was wondering if I was being throttled. I have been using 6-8 gb of data for several months now but compared to the amounts of data that some people were using that DL showed in an article some months ago, I’m getting around 2-3 meg down which is basically what I was getting on 3g.

          • Higher_Ground

            I’m in Columbia and haven’t gotten higher than 2 Mbps in a long time… unless I’m right beside a tower and it’s better (still only around 10 Mbps). FWIW my girlfriend has AT&T LTE and gets 10 Mbps where I don’t even get a connection. I would have never thought AT&T would have better service.

            edit: sitting in my office downtown — 75 ms, 0.84 Mbps down, 0.42 Mbps up…

          • Justin Barrett

            I’m in SD as well and can vouch for this statement.

      • Derek Jones

        Verizon will never give another one to us. My contract is close to finished with them, so I will be jumping on this HTC One and taking the hit on whatever termination fee is left with Verizon.

    • LiterofCola


    • j

      It’s because they don’t have a GSM network, and barely anyone else in the world uses CDMA. Phones like this can be sold in multiple markets, whereas a phone for Verizon would be basically a exclusive and specifically made device.

      • Geoff Johnson

        Just wait for VoLTE, that might change the game up.

      • Tim242

        This argument is silly. People forget that there is a Sprint One.

        • j

          Silly? GSM networks cannot limit the phones that connect. You can run countless international phones on GSM networks assuming they support the radio band. Verizon/Sprint whitelist phones and only allow certain devices on. Obviously phones ARE developed for CDMA networks.. but there is a larger incentive to create devices that can be used around the globe, as opposed to just in one single market in one corner of the world. If that is silly, then call me sally.

          • Tim242

            You seem to have the misconception that CDMA is only used in the US. There are a lot of areas that use CDMA primarily, such as China. I don’t think being able to use international phones is a big deal. Very few people buy phones full retail in the US, even fewer internationally. Regardless, GSM and CDMA are going away, LTE is the new standard.

    • I bet you are on the Talk & Text Plus Data Plan, aren’t you? lol

    • Its CDMA and its dying. The reason Google is only releasing GSM phones is because those are international where CDMA only has very limited markets. Its better in the US in some ways but for Google/HTC/Samsung its easier to just make one Nexus that works in the US, Canada, Brazil, China, etc.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      OMG THIS x a million. I have my four lines @ $160 unlimited everything, but every time I see a post like this, I hate the fact that I cannot get a single choice of these superphones. Verizon doesnt give a damn, because I still give them my money. IF only their service wasnt so darn good and if only I had a more expensive plan, I’d be gone already.

    • Actually, it does matter. Stock Android is great, no doubt about that but the post-image processing is nowhere near what HTC software does. If you’re in denial, you’re kidding yourself.

      The biggest thing out of these multiple iterations of HTC One will be developer support and the loads of amazing custom ROMs with tweaks to hit XDA/Rootzwiki within 2 months. I wouldn’t surprised to see theHTC Sense post-image processing make it to Stock Android with the already included HTC Beats Audio processing.

      • PhoenixPath

        If HTC can offer the camera and Beats functionality on the Nexus edition One…win.

        There’ no other word for it.

    • It has NOTHING to do with Verizon. The chips inside these phones don’t support CDMA. HTC OR Samsung would have to make a separate version to work on those networks.

      • has everything to do with verizon. verizon needs to get off cdma’s dik

  • Guest

    HTC One Google!

    • New_Guy

      Best. Response. Ever!!!

    • PhoenixPath

      Thank you.

  • let me guess? no verizon?

    • Greg Morgan

      nope, TMo and Att.

  • JG

    Anyone want to buy a Nexus 4? lol

  • Jeff

    Didn’t LG come out and say the following, just back on page 5 of Droid Life?

    “At this point in time, LG has no plans to release similar “Google Edition” phones, because their skins are what differentiate them from the crowd and this “has no added value for us [LG].”

    • EC8CH

      HTC is desperate.

    • Teng Taing

      yeah…. but this is HTC…… who also said that… LOL

    • Warwick

      LG =/= HTC

    • Anon

      LG has bigger things coming out very soon. The Nexus 4 helped them propel into the market to launch another device coming soon hopefully.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    omg napkins!?!?! NAPKINS?!?!?! i need more napkins.

  • Joshu

    If they change it to have on screen buttons I’m sold.

    • Not going to happen. Confirmed.

      • Joshu

        Aw nuts. It could have been great!

        • Eric

          What is the big deal about on screen buttons? It’s something I really like but I wouldn’t pass up this amazing phone over it….

          • T4rd

            It wouldn’t be so bad if the One’s capacitive buttons weren’t so limited and awkwardly placed.

          • JoshGroff

            That I can definitely agree with.

          • EC8CH

            exactly… I agree to a point that on screen buttons are a personal preference.

            But HTC went full retard on the One’s buttons.

          • Blue Sun

            “Everybody knows you never go full retard.”

      • EC8CH

        too bad.

      • EC8CH

        So someone asked them specifically to confirm that… I find that funny (shows how bad they are)

      • Geoff Johnson

        Per sarge?

    • JoshGroff

      Disable the capacitive buttons and enable on screen. Why complain about it when you can, with custom roms, or maybe even just certain apps (I’m assuming there’s a few that let you do such a thing, I haven’t cared enough to look myself,) fix that “problem?”

    • DJyoSNOW

      There is a mod for that on the DNA

    • brkshr

      You can add those yourself if you are rooted. Just a couple build.prop additions/changes. More than likely, someone on XDA will post a mod that will change that for you & maybe even disable the capacitive buttons. It’s really not a big deal.

      • Yeah you can add them…but the phone isn’t designed for it. You will now have like a 9 inch bezel on the bottom. On this phone I’d be fine if they just used AOSP physical buttons. Back, Home, Recents

        • brkshr

          Looking at my Nexus 4 & an HTC One side-by-side, there is really only a 2mm difference in bezel height on the bottom. I would say that is hardly anything to complain about. To each their own though.

        • Geoff Johnson

          And menu, or else you have the ugly menu on-screen nav bar

          • I’m fine with a long press whatever button for menu.

      • not everyone wants on screen buttons when off screen buttons are still visible (working or not…it would bug the hell out of my OCD ass)….i guess you could always get a decal put over it or something.

        • brkshr

          I agree. The S3 was nice like this because I just remapped the home button to open the camera & take pictures. The capacitives you could turn the light off, so you couldn’t tell they were there anymore.

    • New_Guy

      You can literally do that yourself.

  • Rich Wentz

    Am I the only one who couldn’t care less about this…

    • JoshGroff

      I’m going to like just because you said couldn’t care less. 🙂

    • Blue Sun

      It’s a great phone hardware-wise, that will be without all the lag that HTC Sense software brings.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Haven’t used Sense 5 huh? As smooth as butter. Shockingly so to be honest.

        • Blue Sun

          Honestly, I’m still trying to get the taste of the HTC Thunderbolt out of my mouth & my wife’s cheap AT&T HTC 4G PoS that was pretty rough to use.

        • LionStone

          Yep, even Sense 4+ is smooth as silk too!

      • violator702

        True, but the camera won’t be any good now.

    • I like it only because that means MIUI or other cool roms can easily be ported. But if it’s anything like an HTC One S running AOSP JB, the camera is gonna suck without all that software piled on top of it.

    • LiterofCola


    • gregmr

      You cared enough to click into the article and comment on it?

  • David Wanless

    one more reason to leave verizon

    • T4rd

      There are eleventy billion reasons to leave Verizon, (for most) none of which outweigh having significantly better coverage than other carriers and still having unlimited data on the nations largest and most reliable network. But you can be damn sure I will leave if either of those factors change and there will be a mass exodus from them to T-Mobile or other MNVOs.

  • thecharrr

    Hopefully so, it will get that EQ murdering crap out of it

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    With those weirdly configured hardware buttons?

  • Stephen Freeman


    • T4rd

      Lol no.

    • Ryan

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lol sorry couldnt help it.

  • Worth abandoning the Big Red ship.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      worth leaving my note 2!!!!

      • bluuubb

        why are so many guys replacing their note 2? the reason to buy that phone *is* the big screen and i would never buy a smaller phone again.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Note 2 owners love their device, but it’s too hard to handle. It doesn’t feel like a personal device. People don’t have to try to read my texts, it’s just out in the open. It’s just too big for my pref.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Adjust the DPI 🙂

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            I was reading up on your suggestion on xda and what dpi would u suggest? I like to hear multiple opinions. If u own the phablet, what do you have it at?

        • JoshGroff

          I left it for the DNA, the processor upgrade and 1080p screen was worth the small downsize in screen real estate.

        • brkshr

          I find this funny as well. Most of them say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had, but it does seem like a lot of them are jumping ship meow… & so soon after release!

          • Matt

            Well, I’ve seen Nexus 4 owners just as adamant about jumping ship. I think Android owners in general just seem to like switching phones…maybe that’s why they chose the platform over iOS or Windows Phone. There’s a new competitive variant of an Android phone every 4-5 months; for iOS it’s 1 year and for WP, I only know of one phone at all (Nokia Lumia 920) that seems to be recommended.

            Maybe early adopters just gravitate to Android?

          • brkshr

            Very true. I used to be one of those buying a new Android every couple of months. I’m stuck on Nexus devices now, so that has definitely helped my wallet out a lot.

          • New_Guy

            Yeah there is nothing currently on the market or coming out that would convince me to get rid of mine. I don’t think I’d ever want to drop screen size again. This is to sweet.

        • Nicholassss

          I cant live with anything smaller than my note 2. The screen and the internals are awesome but i hate touch wiz and i hate the “chrome” paint thats all chipped off around the edge and the plastic edges of the battery cover peeling away. Yuck.

    • LiterofCola

      Most Definitely!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    yes TF yes.

  • Warwick

    But will it blend? That is the question