Couple days ago, we reported that a certain HTC insider posted that a “Senseless” HTC One will be on its way. The community got charged up from the news, and most everyone agrees that this should happen even though HTC is pretty much copying Samsung’s move for a Google Edition of their flagship. Russell Holly, the man who accurately predicted the Google S4, has now pretty much confirmed that the Senseless One is imminent. Let’s look at the good and the bad of this vanilla HTC One.
First we have the good. HTC’s incredible hardware running Stock Android 4.2.2. I have had, (as well as others Androdians) wet dreams about this, and our prayers for an HTC Nexus will be answered. HTC should also benefit from this decision simply because they have put their fate into this phone. Taking a few hundred thousand handsets and throwing stock Android on them, should not hurt the company at all when you look at it from a selling point of view.
Then we have the bad side to this Senseless HTC One. This is where some of the best features of the One get ripped away even though those features help the device stand out. The HTC proprietary firmware that is behind BoomSound and the camera, will most likely not be present, so then you will not get that awesome audio, nor will you have decent pictures. This will have to be something HTC has to think about, because if they remove their firmware and we find out it was not needed in the first place, then it will raise questions on just how good their firmware actually is. It is a double edged sword really.
So in one hand, yes a stock HTC One will probably be a hit in the Android community, and those who want it will probably not even care about the proprietary firmware that it will be missing. I know I would not care, simply because I do not take that many pictures, nor do I need my phone to sound like a stereo system. Also, who’s to say some developers out there cannot get the firmware on the device through a crafty zip file that has been done in the past with Beats Audio. Now on the other hand, it makes HTC look weak, and it will raise questions on just how good their firmware actually is, causing future devices to suffer. Hopefully HTC has thought about all this, and aren’t diving head first into a frozen lake. Let us know what your thoughts are about this.