HTC One
HTC One

Since Google revealed last week that it will launch a version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android Jelly Bean, Android fans have wondered if the same might be done for the HTC One. Reports from multiple websites now claim to confirm that an HTC One running stock Android will be announced soon.

Russell Holly of Geek.com first reported yesterday that Google will soon add the HTC One to it’s “Google Edition” list of devices that offer a Nexus experience with the flagship phone from a major company. (Ed note: Google edition is not its official name. Hugo Barra says that Google will use the same marketing terms without any indicators of the Galaxy S 4 being a special edition.) Following Holly’s report, Modaco.com and AndroidCentral.com both published articles claiming that its sources say Google plans to launch the Nexus-lite HTC One next month.

The differences between the HTC One available for sale now and the supposed version that launches through Google would be plentiful. The phone would eliminate all of the software customizations created by HTC, including Blinkfeed, Zoes and other camera features, and all of Sense 5 UI. It would also likely mean the end of Beats Audio, the audio equalizer profiles tied to HTC phones. That might also affect the tone of the BoomSound front-facing speakers and the IR blaster. While the HTC One receives great praise for its hardware and some dissatisfaction with major elements of its software, HTC’s customizations are heavily tied to key features that make the HTC One a good device. The ability to have prompt updates delivered directly by Google may be enough to sway some people to purchase Google’s version of the HTC One rather than the standard model.

By Andrew Kameka