At Google I/O 2013, the search giant announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Nexus Experience, and almost immediately rumors began circulating about a potential HTC One with the same Nexus Experience moniker.

 

Today, Google has announced the HTC One with Nexus Experience. The hardware is the same as the HTC One (AT&T variant) we've seen before with the same set of banding, which is unsurprising given the HTC One Developer Unlocked Edition is the AT&T variant. I had hoped for this being the T-Mobile variant which includes AWS WCDMA and none of the arbitrary AT&T RAT locks, but it's still good for T-Mobile and AT&T LTE in the USA. This is the same great HTC One hardware but this time with a pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) build, skin, and thus pure Nexus experience. There still are some customizations like Beats, for example, but they're not at the expense of the rest of the software platform. 

HTC has pegged the One with Nexus Experience for release on June 26th on Google Play for $599 with 32 GB of onboard storage. Updates are of course provided by Google directly. 

Update: There's a bit more information now about what features the HTC One with Nexus Experience will support compared to the Sense 5 version. First, Beats Audio is included and is always on, with no UI or notification to disable it. Camera again only comes with UI and UX provided by the stock camera application and implements those features. When it comes to the IR Tx/Rx system there's no common Android API for it, but I've been told this should work with third party applications. None of this should come as too big of a surprise, that's what the tradeoff is for a completely stock Android device. 

Source: HTC Blog

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  • dishayu - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Fair to assume hardware parity between the normal and the nexus versions? Would this mean i can directly use the nexus rom with my rooted non-nexus One to perpetually be on the latest android build? Reply
  • A5 - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    It's the exact same hardware as the AT&T version. Other versions will need minor changes, but that isn't anything XDA can't handle. Reply
  • dishayu - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    By "normal" i meant the common international unlocked version.

    Some of us don't live in the US, you see. ;)
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  • eallan - Friday, May 31, 2013 - link

    Well, the AT&T version is the same as the International version. You can flash roms on it just fine already. Reply
  • smartypnt4 - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Give it to me in black! Still really tempted by this. Loved the phone when I played with it in store, and getting updates from Google with stock Android and LTE is a winner.

    But I really want a black one...
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  • Wairis - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Me too, I love the black version Reply
  • jibberegg - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    N00b question, but if I already bought the US T-Mobile HTC One,does this mean I'll be able to "update" it to the AOSP build? Reply
  • thesavvymage - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Officially no. Most likely there will be a way to flash this build over on xda though Reply
  • LauRoman - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    I sure hope so, because i'm waiting for the gs4version of that rom to be available somwhere. Reply
  • apertotes - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    Why would I pay $300 extra over the Nexus 4? What does it offer? At least the S4 comes with microsd and removable battery, so if that is important for somebody, they can justify the overprice. But what does the ONE offer over the NExus 4 that is worth $300? Aluminum from Rivendel? Reply

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