Last week, Google announced that it was working with Samsung to produce a version of the flagship Galaxy S IV smartphone running the Android mobile operating system natively. Now, it seems HTC is jumping on the proverbial bandwagon with the announcement that it will launch its own Google-enabled variant of its One device, reports Geek.com.
According to the news source, the new One will run Android 4.2.2, more commonly known as Jelly Bean, natively, which could have serious implications for how many of the device's defining features work. For example, the One's front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera relies on HTC's ImageSense software, while the handset's speakers utilize HTC's BeatsAudio system, both of which could be reworked to run on Google's platform.
If these features prove to work as effectively as they do on HTC's proprietary software, some enthusiasts could be left wondering what makes the One so special after all. If they don't, the decision to offer a device running sub-par software could further hurt HTC's image in the eyes of consumers.
The news source claims that, according to unnamed sources, an official announcement about the new device will be forthcoming at some point during the next two weeks, with a possible release date slated for later in the summer.
Despite the impressive specifications of the HTC One, the company is struggling to make a dent in the increasingly competitive mobile space. According to CNET, many senior executives have already left the company in light of disappointing sales, and some experts believe the manufacturer may see continued departures of high-ranking officials if the HTC One fails to perform as hoped.
Whether the idea of a Google-based One can tempt you or not, there's never been a better time to sell iPhone accessories and handsets and trade in to one of the latest devices on the market.