HTC One in line for Senseless overhaul after all?

HTC One in line for Senseless overhaul after all?

When Google announced a stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last week, it left us wondering whether we'd see rival high-end Android handsets getting the same treatment.

Yet despite HTC claiming it has “no plans” for a vanilla Android HTC One, the hot rumour on the mobile grapevine right now suggests just the opposite.

A well-connected HTC insider going by the Twitter name “LlabTooFeR” swears blind that HTC is brewing a Sense UI-free version of the One after all, and that it'll touch down at the end of the summer.

The source, who has apparently been on the mark before about HTC-related rumours, doesn't say more than that, but if the claim is true, we can assume that like the stock Galaxy S4 it'll also be sold directly through the Google Play store.

And it'll certainly be interesting to see how it gets on in a head-to-head with its Samsung rival on a level playing field interface-wise, and whether ditching HTC's own skin can improve what is already in many people's view the best Android phone on the market right now.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 09:58

Probably no plans for MicroSD support on the HTC One either? Oh, wait... in Japan

mrew42  May. 21, 2013 at 10:27

Probably no plans for MicroSD support on the HTC One either? Oh, wait... in Japan

Now that would definitely make me consider it. I mean I can 'make do' with my 16Gb on my Nexus, thanks to Box, Dropbox, Drive & Adrive and a healthy unlimited data allowance AND high speed wifi at work.. But 96Gb on a phone as good as this is pretty sweet.

shuwaz  May. 21, 2013 at 22:57

I'm struggling with 16GB on my GN4. But can't see any other phone that I want. If iPhone had a decent SWYPE I would probably get one of them. Regardless it looks like I am going to test out the Nokia 920 from work for a week or so.

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 23:30

Shuwaz, you're quite the Swype fan, I notice. Did you like it instantly or did it grow on you?
I prefer input methods that I can use with one hand. I find Swype is a 2-handed affair (pun pun pun)... But tbh, I never used it for more than 10 minutes at a time. It IS a great system, no question.

shuwaz  May. 22, 2013 at 07:29

I instantly liked it and made the switch permanently. I think I first used it on one of the first Samsung Galaxy phones that I had, running Android Eclair. This is why I haven't moved away from Android, despite getting sick of it. If WM hasa decent SWYPE keyboard I will probably make a permanent move to it.

JanSt / MOD  May. 22, 2013 at 15:54

I've used it on the HTC HD2 and the Nokia N8. Actually, on the N8's small screen it worked relatively well. But then again: the stock keyboard on the N8 was so bad that any alternative felt like sheer genius.
Overall, I find typing on Android phones rubbish. It is one of the reasons I haven't kept an Android phone for more than a month since the Legend. It feel as if the, the moment the keyboard shows up, a layer of oil is poured onto the screen... inaccurate and slippery.


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