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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.