Ahead of this morning’s official unveiling of the all new HTC One in New York, the company has confirmed that a Google Play Edition of the device will be on the way (via AndroidPolice). No word if it will get a release alongside the regular version of the device, but we’ll know for sure in a few short hours. The confirmation comes from a description for the new HTC Gallery app that notes “Support for HTC One(M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit.”
The new HTC One (Codenamed M8) is the successor to HTC’s successful flagship HTC One smartphone from last year and has experienced a long list of leaks in recent months leading up to today’s unveiling. Yesterday we got a look at the device next to the previous generation in a lengthy comparison video.
Last year Google allowed a few of its partners to release their flagship devices under the “Google Play Edition” moniker. The devices were sold directly through Google Play’s online store and, much like Google’s own Nexus line of devices, come with an unmodified, stock version of Android that some prefer over the versions shipped by HTC, Samsung, and others. Currently Google Play is selling Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the Sony Z Ultra, and the Motorola Moto G as Google Play Edition devices in the US.