For the last few weeks, a Nexus-fied “Google Edition” HTC One has been the rumor that just wouldn’t die. HTC initially shot it down, but its momentum just couldn’t be stopped, and we heard voice after voice insist it really was on the way. While we hoped to get to the bottom of the story sooner or later, it turns out that the truth just wasn’t ready to wait, and today Google has gone ahead and confirmed plans to sell just such a stock Android HTC One next month.
The news comes from Google’s Sundar Pichai, participating in a discussion at All Things Digital’s D11 event. There, Pichai unexpectedly shared news of this HTC One, which Google will sell through the Play Store starting June 26. Like the GE Galaxy S 4, there will be no sign of the manufacturer’s UI enhancements – just nice, clean stock Android.
The Google Edition HTC One will operate on T-Mobile and AT&T in the US and sell for just about $600. There’s no word yet on international sales.
Update: This is the 32GB edition of the One.