Yesterday’s announcement of what’s essentially a Nexus Galaxy S 4 was pretty big news. Sure, it doesn’t carry the Nexus 4’s crazy low price tag, but if you’ve got the money, and could care less about all of the Galaxy S 4’s gimmicky software, the phone offers the potential for a seriously high-end stock AOSP experience. While this was very cool in and of itself, we couldn’t help wonder if Google might run with this idea; could we also see faux Nexus versions of other noteworthy Androids? Maybe of that Android that gives the GS4 a serious run for its money, the HTC One? Don’t hold your breath.
When reached for comment on the possibility of just such a Nexus One, an HTC rep explained, “HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One.”
To be fair, it already has a developer edition with an unlocked bootloader, so at least there’s some wiggle room for customizing your software, but it still would have been nice to see it get the official treatment, including early access to the latest Android updates.
None of this is to say that another phone won’t follow in the GS4’s footsteps someday, but for now it’s not going to be the HTC One.