HTC might have jumped the gun today, ahead of the official unveiling of the new One flagship. The Taiwanese maker just released a number of branded apps on Google Play, meant to bring new features quicker to its Android devices, one of which confirms the soon-to-be-announced smartphone and the availability of a Google Play Edition.
The app in question is called HTC Gallery. According to its description, it "provides you with a range of fast and easy ways to locate your photos", and looks like a replacement for Android's built-in Gallery app.
Further down in its description, HTC says that "Support for HTC One(M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit". Considering that M7 is the codename for the current One flagship, M8 is the logical designation for the new One (which has been reported countless times to bear the All New One moniker).
The availability of a Google Play Edition of the new One makes sense given the current lineup, which includes the (old) One. As Google expands the respective selection to include more Android devices, HTC's upcoming flagship is a natural entry. Naturally, it will run a version of Android that is closer to AOSP, with little HTC branding and alterations.
HTC will make an official announcement later today, where we expect the company to provide more details.