HTC talks US One M9 sales date, Google Play edition status

HTC hosted a live online question-and-answer session a little earlier this afternoon, all in the aim of giving shoppers a platform to have their questions about the new Uh Oh protection plan addressed. Unsurprisingly, the company’s fans couldn’t help but let their questions stray into other aspects of the One M9’s commercial debut. Thankfully, HTC was ready to address those, as well, and today helps fill in some of the blanks surrounding the phone’s pending arrival.

For starters, how about a release date for the US? We’ve already known that HTC’s big competition, the Samsung Galaxy S6, will hit retail on April 10. Now HTC had confirmed that same April 10 date for the One M9’s arrival in the US. We still don’t know if some carriers might get the phone before others, but at least one of them will have sales ready to go by April 10.

HTC also addressed the issue of a Google Play edition handset. Both the One M7 and One M8 were sold under this program as stock Android GPe models, though with the apparent demise of the Play edition family as a whole, we weren’t holding out a lot of hope that the One M9 would follow in those footsteps. Indeed, HTC confirms that we shouldn’t bother waiting for a GPe One M9, with no current plans to release such a model.

Source: HTC (YouTube)
Via: Android Central

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