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HTC to Possibly Allow Existing One Owners to Remove Sense UI From Their Device?

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New details have emerged out of the HTC camp regarding today’s announcement of a “Nexus Experience” HTC One. Two main points were brought up when speaking to The Verge, the first concerning the device’s hardware buttons. They will remain on the device, with the Android OS being built around them. Exactly like how they are currently, Google Now will be accessed by long pressing the home button and then double tapping the home button will bring up Android’s multitask windows. 

The second and most important piece of new information concerns current HTC One owners that might feel a bit left out by this announcement. HTC is currently “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One,” who would potentially prefer an AOSP experience to Sense UI. That’s right, current owners of the One may be given stock Android if they so choose.

How and when HTC intends to roll out such a change is still to be determined, but this is a great sign that HTC is open to their customer’s opinions and desires. As of right now, the only way we could think of that they could accomplish such a task is to basically release a vanilla Android ROM for people to download and flash. Either way, we like what we’re hearing.

Any HTC One owners in here that can’t wait to flash some stock Android?

Via: The Verge

  • Kerry Davies

    Sense as a home screen app. would be sweet

  • Mchl496

    I can never forgive HTC for what they did to my mother and I. We were day 1 owners of the HTC Thunderbolt. They screwed us viciously for years. It was hard to even look at a new phone without remembering what HTC did to us.

  • Josh Eck

    I hope this is true. I have the AT&T version. I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC states that only the international sim free versions or the US sim free versions will allow this to happen, because I don’t really see the AT&T or any carrier for that matter, allowing this to happen…

  • WP8_Android_iOS

    why would anyone want to convert a high class phone into a second class iphone 6.
    sense makes the phone easier and pretteir to use. what do ppl get from stock android, less features and ugly looks.

  • Jon

    I want phones with Nexus experience with 1 exception, I would like HTC and Samsung to release their camera apps separately to run on the Nexus experience versions of their phones.

    Androids camera app is the fastest out there in taking photos, but it just doesn’t ever seem to get the quality of photos I can get out of the stock Touch Wiz camera app.

    Maybe Google can improve the camera app, otherwise it would be nice to have a camera app from Samsung I could just load on there.

  • Floyd

    Although my initial thoughts as a fanboy are huge and I get giddy with anticipation that HTC and their h/w are going to provide an awesome “Nexus experience” with every device they release now and in the future. I immediately become skeptical that they will pull the reigns on this if some corporate schuck starts to threaten their sales or something of that nature. I don’t know how those guys intimidate.

    However, the thought that they will be able to do this without creating a completely separate device for VZW AND provide all of Big Red’s customers with a “Nexus experience” is huge. I think they may be on to something and will easily be able to appease both fanboy’s and everyday customers with some of their Sense features.

    They’re a company that has been destroyed over the last few quarters. I can see this being something that gets them in with the good graces of all three sides; developers, fanboys and everyday users.

    Keeping my fingers crossed, HTC.

  • fritzo2162

    Not sure what’s going on at HTC, but it’s like someone walked in a board room, pounded his fist down on the table, and said “EVERYONE STFU- HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE WANT!”

    • MariaxNY

      HTC got rid of all the stupid employs such as (Eric Lin) who didn’t want to work and the exmployes that kept Htc from being in the game.

    • WP8_Android_iOS

      only narrrowminded useles fans wants stock experience. every day users buy a phone for looks, performance and features. stock android is now classed as 3rd class ios featureless and ugly

      • fritzo2162

        So YOU’RE the guy that thinks that. I’ve heard legends…

        • WP8_Android_iOS

          hmmmmmm, sure, truth bites

          • Steve Benson

            You’re delusional.

    • cyberdyne

      Although hindered by some limitations (no LTE, small storage space, supply) the Nexus 4 only sold 325k units in all of 2012. I am not sure “everyone” really wants Nexus-type devices at all.

      • fritzo2162

        They probably would have sold many times that number if they had any in stock.

        • Steve Benson

          Or if they would have put any $$$ into marketing the phone.

  • David Caccavo

    it would be great if they flashed stock and then offered their add ons (blink feed, etc) as apps kind of like what Facebook Home did with Chat Heads

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I guess I am in the minority, but I don’t know why this really matters. For those of us that wanted stock on HTC One, just flash a rom. A majority of users and people who bought the phone won’t care.

    • Ameshican

      Have you flashed an AOSP rom onto an HTC phone built for Sense? You have GPS issues, camera issues, and a number of others. AOSP from the manufacturer would eliminate that.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but people here are acting like this is a game changer when a majority of users are not going to use this option or even care.

        • Ameshican

          For some it is a game changer.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I guess, for me, a game changer is something that changes the game for a majority of people playing the game, not just the minority.

    • LiterofCola

      A majority of people also don’t flash roms on their devices either.

      • Bionic


        • Master O’Disaster

          While this may be true, how many of your friends/family/acquaintances come to you for advice of what device(s) to purchase? Those users may end up using the Sense interface instead of flashing, but I believe our fan base influence extends well beyond our personal usage.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I find that my friends and family ask what they should get, then generally look to see what their friends are getting and go with that anyways. It took forever for me to get my Father and Sister to give up their iPhones and go with Galaxy S3s.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        That is my point. We on this site, are sadly the minority of Android users.

    • Ian

      More choice. Embrace it.

  • LiterofCola

    Sooooo who’s to say I can’t start a new AT&T account with a subsidized HTC One and later wash the Sense off of it?

  • jcastle482

    This is what all makers should do, i also think that they should list their apps in the play store so if you like a particular app but want the stock look and feel you can have the best of both worlds.

    • Weber

      Then what would stop people from buying a different phone? They want people to buy their phones because of what they put on it e.g. apps, UI, etc…
      Making their apps available to anyone would be a move in the wrong direction (if they were free). However, putting a price on them seems like a good idea.

      • jcastle482

        They could also have their own app store on their device. When I shop for a phone I look at the design and specs and usually plan on flashing a stock rom, this would save me the hassle. I understand that most people don’t do this but given the option of having a stock android feel out of the box I think more people might enjoy it. I think it could be huge.

        • Weber

          That’s asking a lot, but I see what you’re getting at. While the idea would be a really good one, I think we know it’ll most likely never happen.