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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

  • 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.

  • Glen E Ston

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

  • 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.

  • CaptainHowdy13

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

  • 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!

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      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

  • wills96

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • lol@htc

    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

  • sk33ls

    screen shot time 420

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Runs 4.2.2, that’s why. :)

    • Higher_Ground

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

  • mechapathy

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

  • elemeno

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

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

  • http://startwithtypewriters.com j. kirk.

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

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

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

      • http://startwithtypewriters.com j. kirk.

        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. :’)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    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…

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        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!!!

  • Dr0me

    this is amazing.. cannot wait for the ROMs

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m pleased at the price point!

  • 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.

    • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

      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 :P

          • 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..? ;)

          • JoshGroff

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

  • Guest

    HTC One Google!

    • New_Guy

      Best. Response. Ever!!!

    • PhoenixPath

      Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    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!!! !%&$@A$$’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

      GOOOODAMMIT VERIZON!

    • 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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

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

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joeygueez Joe Guido

      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.

      • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

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

  • 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
  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    let me guess? no verizon?

    • Greg Morgan

      nope, TMo and Att.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

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

  • Joshu

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

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Not going to happen. Confirmed.

      • EC8CH

        too bad.

      • 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

        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.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

        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

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

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

      • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

        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.

  • 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.

  • JG

    Anyone want to buy a Nexus 4? lol

  • Stephen Freeman

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Verrizon?!

    • T4rd

      Lol no.

    • Ryan

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lol sorry couldnt help it.

  • thecharrr

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

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    With those weirdly configured hardware buttons?

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • LiterofCola

      Yep

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      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.

    • gregmr

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

  • http://www.coroflot.com/mellerad Adam Meller

    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