December 19, 2014

HTC 'examining' options to provide stock Android to existing HTC One devices

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So you recently bought an HTC One and found yourself wishing it had a stock Android experience. Sure, the HTC Sense 5 UI is quite great, but you’re still a purist at heart. Unfortunately you’re beyond the time frame for returning the device and this new HTC One Nexus Experience has you a little worked up.  What to do? According to The Verge, these problems may soon come to pass.

HTC is reportedly “examining” options for providing a stock Android experience for those who bought the first generation of the flagship phone.

[pullquote2 quotes=”true” align=”center” textColor=”#ed9b0e” cite=”The Verge” citeLink=”http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/30/4379796/htc-one-google-edition-announced-stock-android”]…currently “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One” that may prefer the stock Android experience over Sense, perhaps by way of an AOSP ROM. The company isn’t providing specifics on that front just yet.[/pullquote2]

Now, this doesn’t mean it is a foregone conclusion and that you’ll be able to tap a button to remove Sense from the device. It’s likely more complicated than this and could still be a ways off. With that said, we are extremely happy to hear that HTC is even considering this as an option.

How do you feel about this? Would you consider flashing a stock Android experience or removing the Sense features from your HTC One? Do you even know what the differences would be?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.



  • Michel Ramirez

    Even if you don’t do it, its nice that they give you the option. I wonder how the carriers will feel about it?

  • arne lind

    If it would have the sense camera features i might drop in stock android.
    But the costum camera software is much more valuable than the launcher, and i can live just as happily with nova on top of htc’s software.
    Quite sure it’s all a matter of taste though, which is what makes androids costumizeabillity so admirable.

  • kderentz

    Google should just build this option into Android …. change the lic agreement, and allow people to turn off skins in the settings menu.

    • Mathias Christensen

      In a way I would really like to see this build in feature as it would give me a lot more phones to choose from being a purist at heart. But then again I could see myself getting disappointed say if I bought a midrange HTC or a Huawei and then turned off the custom UI expecting the same compatibility as the Galaxy Nexus I currently use. I guess what I am trying to say is that being that Android is as open as it is I really like that I can put my trust in the Nexus program which by the way has an awesome name

  • KC

    Yup, I would like to see stock Android on my HTC One. I wanna get rid of BlinkFeed plus a few more apps that I dun need, but keep HTC Zoe and the BoomBeats sound.