Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st May 2013 10:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Google and HTC made a lot of dreams come true this morning when Android head Sundar Pichai announced a version of the HTC One with stock Android at the D11 conference. Google's Hugo Barra happened to have a stock One in his pocket, and he gave me a quick look." This is awesome. So incredibly awesome. This is the way to go for Google to ensure the most popular Android devices can be obtained with stock Android for those of us that want it. It's also great for custom ROM makers - although it might be that crucial driver code is still closed and unusable for custom ROMs. Also, good guy HTC: they might make a downloadable AOSP ROM available for people who bought the HTC One with Sense.
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Stock Android
by Jbso on Fri 31st May 2013 13:22 UTC
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2013-01-05

It would be nice to have more phones with stock Android and direct Google updates, but not all of them - that would mean losing variety as manufacturers would have to wait for Google support for new hardware, like when HTC couldn't make a Full HD Windows Phone. I'd like to see more hardware experimentation, like Samsung did with the Note or the Beam, or that Sony(?) phone that had a slideout gamepad. That's Android's key advantage over Windows Phone - manufacturers actually can differentiate, not just slap a skin on it. More of that please.

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