Rumors suggested that we might see an HTC One with the Nexus user experience, and today Google’s Sundar Pichai confirmed the device will hit the Play Store on June 26th for $599. HTC’s “Google Edition” device will land the same day as the previously announced Samsung Galaxy S4 “Google Edition”, which will retail for $649.
A representative from HTC said, “A special edition of the new HTC One running stock Android will be exclusively available through the Google Play store in the United States starting on June 26th. This edition pairs the all-metal unibody design, low-light capabilities of the UltraPixel camera and dual front-facing stereo speakers of the new HTC One with the stock version of the latest Android software, Jelly Bean 4.2.2.”
According to HTC’s site, the HTC One with Nexus user experience will be exactly like the SIM unlocked and Developer Edition. That device featured the same hardware as AT&T’s version, but with slightly altered software. That means the HTC One with Nexus experience will operate on all of AT&T’s networks, but it will be limited T-Mobile LTE and HSPA+ on the 1900 MHz band.
Sundar Pichai also stated that even though they are releasing several “Google Edition” models of popular Android smartphones, the Nexus brand will continue to live on. We still don’t know which company will produce the next Nexus, but our audience really wants to see Google to return to HTC.