We're sure hoping that this is a trend. Just a few weeks after Google
ushered in the Samsung Galaxy S4
with a stock build of Android, the company has taken the wraps off of a virgin HTC One
. One of the best Android phones on the market will soon ship with Google's own take on Android. It's not called a Nexus device, but that is essentially what this is. The HTC One has been well-received, and this edition will surely please the hardcore power users of Android who wanted this hardware, but matched with stock Android and an unlocked bootloader for tossing their own ROMs on.
The phone will support AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., and will be priced at $599 for the 32GB model. That's unlocked and off-contract, and it'll ship with Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Jelly Bean, and subsequent software updates will be pushed directly from Google as with any Nexus device. The only color will be silver, and it'll be on sale June 26th exclusively via the Google Play Store.
We're certainly hoping to see more high-end devices offered in two editions: the OEM model, and then Google's take on it. By and large, vanilla Android trumps a lot of skinned Android versions, and being able to get those Android updates first is always a nice perk.