HTC One with Nexus User Experience official, available June 26

HTC One with Nexus User Experience official, available June 26Taiwanese manufacturer HTC recently stated – in no uncertain terms – that it had no plans whatsoever for a “vanilla” HTC One, but we all knew it was on the cards.

Yep, the HTC One “with Nexus User Experience” is finally all official and stuff, with a planned release date of June 26 – just under four weeks from now.

A tweet from HTC declares: “The #HTCOne comes in a new flavor: Vanilla! Introducing the new special Google Play edition.”

Interesting to note that no one seems to know what to call these phones. Are they Google (Play) editions? Nexus editions? Or, eh, Nexus User Experiences? You’d think someone might’ve considered the naming convention at some point.

The news is backed up with a post on the HTC blog (where the "Nexus User Experience" moniker is introduced), revealing the price as $599 with support for GSM networks. Sounds like it’ll be US-only for starters, though HTC adds (via twitter): “The special edition of the HTC One has the potential to expand to other markets in the future.”

A few days ago, we were warned – unofficially – that the HTC One Vanilla/Google edition/Nexus edition/with Nexus User Experience (delete as appropriate) would arrive in limited quantities, with as few as 50,000 units.

In any case, it’ll join the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 26, with the South Korean phone priced $50 more.

Google has also confirmed that it'll continue releasing custom Nexus hardware, which is nice.

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9El9Nino9  May. 31, 2013 at 12:10

so more "nexus" variants likely? i.e. xphone and still the nexus brand on it's hardware?
the rumor about 5 nexus devices isn't far off then? just couldn't build all 5 in time and didn't want to upset certain partners?

9El9Nino9  May. 31, 2013 at 12:12

*mods stupid site doesn't log me in properly- doesn't allow me to edit*
just want to know, does it come with Jans favourite feature, "beats"

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 13:03

*mods stupid site doesn't log me in properly- doesn't allow me to edit*
just want to know, does it come with Jans favourite feature, "beats"


Curious question... I guess since it's vanilla Android there won't be Beats?

The devs are currently working on a number of fixes and improvements to the site. I apologise. It should be fixed, ahem, soon...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 13:08

HTC seem to have overlooked something, this is a Nexus One, right :p? That name sounds so familar...I just can't think why.

Stelph  May. 31, 2013 at 14:59

TBF its no weirder than the next xbox going back to being called the Xbox one (so its 359x worse than my current one apparently)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 15:12

TBF its no weirder than the next xbox going back to being called the Xbox one (so its 359x worse than my current one apparently)
At least M$ haven't already made a console called the One Xbox, which is pretty much what HTC have done here :p.

Also, until M$ clarify their position on used games, it may well be 359x worse than the current Xbox...

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 16:20

Used games AND DRM.... Plus an always on Mic #yummy

lcurdie / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 16:40

Am I the only person who isn't up in arms about the used games thing? I don't think I've ever traded in a game, and I've never bought anything second hand.

Of the 60 or so games I've played on the Xbox, maybe one or two were borrowed, thus screwing the developers out of money. Why should I be able to play games for free?

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 17:08

Are you saying you never listened to a friend's/relative's CD and ripped it?

Anyhoo - I wasn't gonna talk about DRM. Regions! The scourge of the DVD world. Now on XBOX

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 18:25

Am I the only person who isn't up in arms about the used games thing? I don't think I've ever traded in a game, and I've never bought anything second hand.

Of the 60 or so games I've played on the Xbox, maybe one or two were borrowed, thus screwing the developers out of money. Why should I be able to play games for free?

I bought my car 2nd hand, should I pay Audi a fee just to use the software on their ECU? Nah, didn't think so...

Imagine if you (for some reason) lent your toaster to a friend and then the toaster didn't work because it'd already registered itself to you. That would make no sense at all, why does it suddenly make sense for games? A game is MY properly, with which I shall do whatever I please. If I want to sell it, I will do, if I want to lend to a friend, I will do. I don't see why the ability to lend/sell digital content should be any different to the ability to lend/sell anything else you own.

I buy most of my games off eBay, I refuse to pay £40 per game and I'd much rather take the risk and buy it for a tenner off eBay a few months later.

To link this back to Mobot, imagine if you had to pay a fee to activate a new account on a used phone...it would be considered totally unreasonable.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 18:27

Are you saying you never listened to a friend's/relative's CD and ripped it?

Anyhoo - I wasn't gonna talk about DRM. Regions! The scourge of the DVD world. Now on XBOX

Ripping is a different matter, that's making two copies for the price of one, something totally different to buying a used game. It's not like the original owner of the game can still play it, is it?

Also, why is region coding that much of an issue? It's not like there are many games which aren't sold here in the UK/Europe, are there?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 18:28

Used games AND DRM.... Plus an always on Mic #yummy
That always on Mic sounds...questionable, to say the least.

Might have to build myself a gaming PC like the good old days, at this rate. Hopefully the PS4 isn't as much of a total and utter f*ck-up as the Xbox One...

lcurdie / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 18:46

Am I the only person who isn't up in arms about the used games thing? I don't think I've ever traded in a game, and I've never bought anything second hand.

Of the 60 or so games I've played on the Xbox, maybe one or two were borrowed, thus screwing the developers out of money. Why should I be able to play games for free?

I bought my car 2nd hand, should I pay Audi a fee just to use the software on their ECU? Nah, didn't think so...

Imagine if you (for some reason) lent your toaster to a friend and then the toaster didn't work because it'd already registered itself to you. That would make no sense at all, why does it suddenly make sense for games? A game is MY properly, with which I shall do whatever I please. If I want to sell it, I will do, if I want to lend to a friend, I will do. I don't see why the ability to lend/sell digital content should be any different to the ability to lend/sell anything else you own.

I buy most of my games off eBay, I refuse to pay £40 per game and I'd much rather take the risk and buy it for a tenner off eBay a few months later.

To link this back to Mobot, imagine if you had to pay a fee to activate a new account on a used phone...it would be considered totally unreasonable.


A toaster and a videogame are two completely different things. A toaster is something you'll probably want to keep for as long as it functions, while a videogame offers a limited amount of entertainment. *That's* the problem. You pay £40 for a videogame and you might get all the use you need within a few weeks. But why should someone then be able to pay you £20? If they want to buy it, they can freakin' well buy it full price and line the developers' pockets. And, in theory, it could/should drive the cost of games down.

Anyway, there's already talk of various scenarios that sound - for my money - perfectly fair, such as secondary licenses costing less, and/or some sort of partial refund so you can simply give the disc to someone else (the disc would essentially be worthless).

I'm fairly right-wing about most things, so... y'know ;)

SpeedyG  May. 31, 2013 at 19:21

Shame this is about as exciting as todays news on my birthday Lewis.

Oh well, at least it won't have HTC Sense then....

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 19:25

Shame this is about as exciting as todays news on my birthday Lewis.

Oh well, at least it won't have HTC Sense then....

Happy Birthday, mate :)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 19:31

Am I the only person who isn't up in arms about the used games thing? I don't think I've ever traded in a game, and I've never bought anything second hand.

Of the 60 or so games I've played on the Xbox, maybe one or two were borrowed, thus screwing the developers out of money. Why should I be able to play games for free?

I bought my car 2nd hand, should I pay Audi a fee just to use the software on their ECU? Nah, didn't think so...

Imagine if you (for some reason) lent your toaster to a friend and then the toaster didn't work because it'd already registered itself to you. That would make no sense at all, why does it suddenly make sense for games? A game is MY properly, with which I shall do whatever I please. If I want to sell it, I will do, if I want to lend to a friend, I will do. I don't see why the ability to lend/sell digital content should be any different to the ability to lend/sell anything else you own.

I buy most of my games off eBay, I refuse to pay £40 per game and I'd much rather take the risk and buy it for a tenner off eBay a few months later.

To link this back to Mobot, imagine if you had to pay a fee to activate a new account on a used phone...it would be considered totally unreasonable.


A toaster and a videogame are two completely different things. A toaster is something you'll probably want to keep for as long as it functions, while a videogame offers a limited amount of entertainment. *That's* the problem. You pay £40 for a videogame and you might get all the use you need within a few weeks. But why should someone then be able to pay you £20? If they want to buy it, they can freakin' well buy it full price and line the developers' pockets. And, in theory, it could/should drive the cost of games down.

Anyway, there's already talk of various scenarios that sound - for my money - perfectly fair, such as secondary licenses costing less, and/or some sort of partial refund so you can simply give the disc to someone else (the disc would essentially be worthless).

I'm fairly right-wing about most things, so... y'know ;)

So video games should be some kind of specially exempt, closed market product, when anything else can be bought/sold by its owner as and when said owner pleases?

Your theory about lining developers pockets driving prices down is nice, but we're talking about companies like EA here, hardly known for their gamer friendly ways, are they?

Also, I can sell a DVD after I've watched it, how is that different from selling a game?

Tbh, my problem isn't so much with not being able to buy/sell cheap, used games but with the fact that this model is going to be nothing like Steam on PC, we're all going to get financially raped by the likes of EA, Activision, Rockstar and any other big games studio you can think of.

lcurdie / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 21:28

Am I the only person who isn't up in arms about the used games thing? I don't think I've ever traded in a game, and I've never bought anything second hand.

Of the 60 or so games I've played on the Xbox, maybe one or two were borrowed, thus screwing the developers out of money. Why should I be able to play games for free?

I bought my car 2nd hand, should I pay Audi a fee just to use the software on their ECU? Nah, didn't think so...

Imagine if you (for some reason) lent your toaster to a friend and then the toaster didn't work because it'd already registered itself to you. That would make no sense at all, why does it suddenly make sense for games? A game is MY properly, with which I shall do whatever I please. If I want to sell it, I will do, if I want to lend to a friend, I will do. I don't see why the ability to lend/sell digital content should be any different to the ability to lend/sell anything else you own.

I buy most of my games off eBay, I refuse to pay £40 per game and I'd much rather take the risk and buy it for a tenner off eBay a few months later.

To link this back to Mobot, imagine if you had to pay a fee to activate a new account on a used phone...it would be considered totally unreasonable.


A toaster and a videogame are two completely different things. A toaster is something you'll probably want to keep for as long as it functions, while a videogame offers a limited amount of entertainment. *That's* the problem. You pay £40 for a videogame and you might get all the use you need within a few weeks. But why should someone then be able to pay you £20? If they want to buy it, they can freakin' well buy it full price and line the developers' pockets. And, in theory, it could/should drive the cost of games down.

Anyway, there's already talk of various scenarios that sound - for my money - perfectly fair, such as secondary licenses costing less, and/or some sort of partial refund so you can simply give the disc to someone else (the disc would essentially be worthless).

I'm fairly right-wing about most things, so... y'know ;)


So video games should be some kind of specially exempt, closed market product, when anything else can be bought/sold by its owner as and when said owner pleases?


In a word: yes :p

Your theory about lining developers pockets driving prices down is nice, but we're talking about companies like EA here, hardly known for their gamer friendly ways, are they?

See below!

Also, I can sell a DVD after I've watched it, how is that different from selling a game?

DVDs are - again - completely different, in the sense that filmmakers have loads of different revenue streams. There's cinema, rentals, Netflix and the like... I don't think the second-hand DVD market is particularly lucrative.

Used videogames are more of a big deal because they're more expensive initially. And I have a big problem with shops ripping off kids; buying games from them for X and selling them on for Y, where Y > X.

For me, giving or selling someone a videogame is like giving or selling someone the experience of having watched a film in the cinema (on the black market in some dystopian future). You're really hurting the cinema, and - worse still - driving ticket prices up.

Tbh, my problem isn't so much with not being able to buy/sell cheap, used games but with the fact that this model is going to be nothing like Steam on PC, we're all going to get financially raped by the likes of EA, Activision, Rockstar and any other big games studio you can think of.

I reckon the console model at present is an absolute joke. They've started going down the right route with downloadable games, but why the hell should I pay £49.99 (or more!) for a new download when I can get a physical disc from Amazon for £29.99?

If this whole second-hand games thing does become an issue (remember it's all conjecture at this point), it'll really hurt Microsoft, and - by extension - the developers/publishers. You've already alluded to buying/building a PC, and I'm considering the same.

Conversely, it could be glorious. No more boxes, no more instruction manuals, no more deliveries, no more shops (sorry, GAME)... just downloadable games at significantly lower prices. I'm being naive, aren't I? ;)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 22:35

The whole quote thing was getting a bit too long.

I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on the used games market and just wait and see what M$ and Sony have in store for us.

I do think you're being totally naive, though. M$ and EA are both money grabbing companies who aren't exactly known for being fair and kind towards the end users of their products, the two of them being in bed together is going to be an absolute disaster for the wallets of gamers all over the world.

The XBL downloads won't be like Steam on PC, they'll be a total rip off like they are at the moment, the only difference will be that games in shops will be more of a rip off too. In turn, M$ can shout about how the percentage of games bought via download has risen and therefore will claim their DL services are successful and that consumers love them.

For only a few hundred pounds more than an Xbox (and not having to pay for XBL each year or get ripped off buying games), I can build a gaming PC which would destroy an Xbox One or PS4 in the graphics department and buy games from Steam for a more than reasonable price. I mean, the PS4 has a GPU somewhere around the power of a 7850...that's hardly mind-blowing, is it? Unless one of them announces that used games will work exactly as they do today at E3, the Intel Haswell announcement next week will suddenly seem very interesting to me (as will this week's announcement of the NVidia 700 series GPUs, that GTX 770 looks perfect for my potential Xbox replacement).

One final thing, just as an example of how good value used games can be; I'm currently very much enjoying BioShock 2 on my Xbox (thought I should play the first two before tackling Infinite), it cost me a crazy £2 off eBay. For less than a Co-op lunchtime meal deal, I'm playing a great game.

Used games, ftw ;).

lcurdie / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 23:16

Funny you should say that; I recently borrowed Bioshock 2, haha! :D

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2013 at 23:48

Funny you should say that; I recently borrowed Bioshock 2, haha! :D
Decent game, not as good as the first, IMO.

SpeedyG  May. 31, 2013 at 23:54

Does anyone think it will be the future of Android (Flagship?) phones to give users another option, or can this stretch to the mid-range and budget range too?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2013 at 00:03

Does anyone think it will be the future of Android (Flagship?) phones to give users another option, or can this stretch to the mid-range and budget range too?
It'll only be worth doing for phones with big sales figures and big development scenes, well that's my opinion anyway.

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