Android head Sundar Pichai, speaking at the annual All Things Digital conference, just announced that a new version of the flagship HTC One smartphone running stock Android software will be available on June 26th. The smartphone will launch in the United States initially, compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, for $599 (32 GB) on the Google Play store.
The handset will ship SIM unlocked and with an unlockable bootloader, running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Parallel to Nexus devices, the stock HTC One will receive further Android software updates from Google. HTC will continue to sell the handset with its Sense operating system, for those that prefer that experience.
This is the second high profile Android smartphone to receive the Nexus treatment in just a few weeks, as Google recently confirmed that it will be releasing a stock Samsung Galaxy S4 model running Jelly Bean. With identical software, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 can now be compared solely on hardware.