Despite an official denial last week, HTC is said to be priming a stock Android version of its flagship One smartphone. The Taiwanese mobile-maker is apparently keen to take on Samsung’s newly revealed Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
The news comes from sources speaking with Geek.com, which was first to break the news about the Nexus-like version of Samsung’s best-selling smartie.
They say that HTC will reveal its plans for a rejigged One in the next fortnight, with the handset hitting shelves later this summer.
It’s been suggested previously that HTC is looking to ramp up the production of the One over the next few months, suggesting this rumour is bang on the money.
However, with HTC’s own software powering the phone’s heavily promoted audio and camera functions, it’s hard to see how this take on the One will sell to average users if they’re taken out.
If these features remain at the front and centre of the device, though, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of punters willing to stump up.
Word is the phone will land in the US first, before us Brits get a taste, some time later this year.