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HTC might make the “Nexus Experience” available to early HTC One adopters


If you were one of the first to line up and get your hands on the HTC One, and you feel burned by HTC’s announcement that it plans to release a “Nexus Experience” version of the phone, just hold tight for a bit. According to The Verge, an HTC spokesperson said that the company is currently “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One” who want the stock Android experience instead of Sense 5, perhaps in the form of a flashable AOSP ROM.

HTC isn’t giving out any other information at this point, but this demonstrates a profound change of heart on the part of HTC, which has always believed that its own Sense UI provides the best possible Android experience for its customers. Now, it looks like it might be a little more open-minded, especially if it does in fact provide a flashable AOSP ROM for the masses.

But before you get too excited, there’s a good chance that HTC would only make this ROM available for those who bought the developer edition of the One, or only for GSM versions of the device. As Google learned with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, things can get tricky with AOSP and CDMA, especially when carriers like Verizon and Sprint insist on approving all software updates before making them available for their customers.

Still, at the same time, if a ROM becomes available, it will only be a matter of time before it’s ported over to other versions of the HTC One, or maybe even other HTC devices, like the EVO 4G LTE.

One can dream, right?

[The Verge]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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7 thoughts on “HTC might make the “Nexus Experience” available to early HTC One adopters

  • I for one, am going to keep dreaming that dreamy dream :)

  • Avatar of Spencer311

    But will they release a CDMA version?

  • It’s almost like Samsung figured out first that when people say they want stock android…..what they really mean is that they want stock android….shocking I know. Now HTC is following suit . While I do love my evo 4g lte… next device will be stock android.

  • Pretty sure the people who’d actually want this would be fine having to flash it the good ol’ way flashing is done

  • Also, this is the way ALL android phones should be. If you want to put your layer of crap on, fine, but make an option for people who are willing to unlock and flash the stock experience. Having to rely on 1-2 developers to do it just leads people to hate the manufacturer.

    I’ll never buy an HTC phone again unless I can get it for a good price with the stock experience. Android’s gotten too complex for just a couple developers on a fringe phone to be able to port AOSP over very well.

  • I would love for this to happen for my Sprint HTC One!

  • Sense 5 is far superior to stock Android in my opinion. I wouldn’t root my One for anything, 4.2 on my Nexus 7 doesn’t even come close to the utility of Zoe and Blinkfeed. 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5 is the single greatest thing Android has ever seen.


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