‘Senseless’ version of the HTC One in the pipeline
Fresh reports from Geek.com suggest that HTC is indeed working on a 'Senseless' edition of their flagship One for the US.
It seems that despite HTC's own representatives stating that the company isn't working with Google on a Nexus-like version of the HTC One, sources at Geek.com believe otherwise. The publication reports that HTC is indeed working on a 'Senseless' version of the HTC One with stock Android. This shouldn't really be a huge task for HTC considering that Sense 5 is a skin that is applied on top of vanilla Android itself.
The report suggests that HTC started working harder on their vanilla HTC One after Samsung and Google released the Galaxy S4 running stock Android. To tackle that, the 'Senseless' version will come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (instead of the JB 4.1.2 running on the HTC One). It seems that HTC will first release the phone for the US market only, much like the S4 Google Edition, which leads us to believe that there might be a possibility of Google selling the phone directly via their Play Store channel. If that is the case, both (struggling) HTC and the consumers win which is nothing but fantastic news.
Of course, there is no official confirmation that any of this is true, but Geek.com does seem sure of its sources. We are just going to have to hope they are right, as we sure can't wait to see how the HTC One stacks up without the Sense UI and all the other software features that make this phone one of the best (if not the best) of 2013 till now.