Google Experience Exclusive to the Play Store?

5/30/2013 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments

I try my best not to get over speculative about tech industry developments.  Everything moves and changes so fast that I don't see the point, but sometimes things are said that beg the question.

Case in point...


The news is that now--alongside the stock Android SGS4--the play store will also sell a Vanilla Android HTC One.

This is a very cool thing.  There are some details that need to be worked out, such as IR blaster support, beats audio support, camera features and app, etc.  There are elements of the Sense 5 overlay that are integral to the phenomenal experience of the HTC One.  Coming off of several Stock Android Nexuses (Nexi?) myself, it took a moment to adjust to Sense 5, but I have no qualms.  I love my phone and I'm perfectly happy with the software experience.

That being said... The idea of a Vanilla Android experience on my One (given it supports the non vanilla hardware features), is rather enticing.

That is what I had in mind when I tweeted HTC.  Of course OEMs will always deny or play coy with teases like that (and it's also not like Peter Chou runs HTCs twitter page), so take it with whatever size grain of salt you want.

The point is (especially with the bootloader friendly HTC), what's going to stop people who already have the One from porting the rom from the "Google Experience" One to their Sense 5 One?

This is a good development for Android.

P.S. I have ranted enough about the use of the word "Nexus" associated with this device and I will not do it in this post.  If it does not stop by the next time a device of this type is announced I will have choice words to share, though.

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