HTC One M8 Google Play edition mockup

Latest HTC device with 'stock' Android available to pre-order from today

Update: The HTC One (M8) Google Play edition has arrived in the Play Store with the expected $699 price tag, and you can place an order immediately. Regular ground shipping is free, and expected shipping times are currently set at 2-3 weeks.

Original story: Since the first Google Play edition devices' arrived last summer, they've given Android enthusiasts a way to pair the latest hardware from top manufacturers with the latest vanilla Android software from Google, with speedy updates to boot. And today, alongside the standard HTC One (M8), the official press release reveals that there'll also be Google Play edition M8 heading to the Play Store.

HTC One M8 Google Play edition

The new GPe HTC One — not to be confused with last year's model, the M7 — will offer the same top-notch build quality and internals as the Sense-based model, only with "stock" KitKat replacing the Android 4.4.2 + Sense 6.0 combo found on the standard M8. And it'll also be able to utilize HTC's unique "Duo Camera" system, which combines the "Ultrapixel" rear shooter with the second camera module that gathers depth information.

HTC's best hardware coupled with Google's latest 'stock' Android, and a bevy of LTE bands.

The Google Play edition HTC One (M8) will be available to pre-order today in silver, priced $699, before going on sale in the coming weeks. Here's a quick breakdown of the wireless bands supported by the GPe M8 —

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA: 850/AWS/1900/2100 with HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
  • LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 (B17/B5/B4/B2, carrier aggregation B4+17;B2+17), + roaming 2600/1800 (B7/B3)

Besides that you're looking at similar hardware to the regular HTC One (M8) — a great-looking handset with some top-notch internals.

Anyone planning on picking up the new Google Play edition HTC One? Or will you be opting for the Sense version? Shout out in the comments!

 

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Google Play edition HTC One (M8) officially announced [update: now available to order]

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Following in Samsung's shoes, I see. Same design...just another phone.

I am officially bored with smartphones. We've hit a plateau. And no, a 'smart' watch isn't going to help.

CSB

I think I'll be happy with my red 32gb nexus 5 until the nexus 6 comes out. I end up buying these skinned phones and end up wasting hours just trying to get a stock android experience. I know I could fork up 700$ and get a GPE but I don't wanna drop that much coin on a phone.

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If you think the m8 and m7 are the same design you're not looking very hard.

You also have never touched one...

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I feel it. I've been coming to that conclusion as well about phones barely giving us much innovation lately. Sure, Google Now is innovative, but it's an app. All the phones and specs are kind of running together as of late. The difference with most of the smartphones these days is choice, just depends on the person. And wts, I wish I had $700 to drop on this M8.

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Every year doesn't need to look completely different or be completely new.. It's not like every year can be innovative and different.. They have something that works now and they improved on it.. Most companies do things in steps with big jumps then tiny ones while developing new stuff etc

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A plateau would be using the same snapdragon, the same camera, the same os features, the same everything. When the tech industry stops coming up with new tech, then yeah, that's a plateau. This, is not.

OR ... like Apple, they've decided upon a winning form factor in which to put their latest software. IMHO it's about the software ... so long as the case isn't mega fugly, they can leave it as it for a while.

Yeah, the price really killed me too. Better than my Nexus 5, probably, any where close to twice as good as my (pretty awesome) Nexus 5, highly doubtful.

Better speakers and build quality (more of an opinon)....'bout it. Really like the gun metal finish! Looking forward to checking One out.

SD card what a joke. It's 2014 SD cards are like floppy disk dinosaurs. Heck you probably don't even know what a floppy disk is.

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There is no such thing as stock per se. Even Nexus phones have proprietary stuff from Google not released in AOSP.

That being said if this is like last year's its the regular HTC code and themed to look like stock android. Thats actually a good thing because features like the smart cover and the phone is faster and smoother.

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Pretty stupid comment. Tons of people use SD cards. Until companies go no lower than 32GB of internal storage, SD cards will be a wanted feature. It's just more convenient when moving files.

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Since you are so far into the future, tell us backward folks what y'all are using instead of SD cards? Particularly when built-in storage is insufficient. And don't even give me that "cloud" BS. Cloud means squat when you're out of coverage areas *cough* *plane* *cough* or have to rely on 3G in some backwater 'burg.

The price is a bit higher than last year's. At twice the price of the Nexus 5 I can't justify the purchase. And I do know why the pricing is such, but that doesn't change the fact that I can't drop $700 in one shot on a phone.

It is a thing of beauty though.

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I'm really happy they are releasing a Google Play edition phone. I am due for a phone, however, part of the reason I am due for a phone is because of T-Mobile/HTC's awful Amaze. It was a nicely built phone with a great camera but it was problematic from the start and T-Mobile was unhelpful. Also, I really prefer a removable battery and I want wireless charging so I guess I'm not getting a new phone yet. I'd get an S5 but I'm done with bloatware.

If you want a phone with a removable battery and wireless charging but you don't want an S5 what other phone do you think has both of those features?

Forgive what might be a silly question but is there anything that prevents the GPE from working on T-Mobile network? Planning on dumping Sprint after 10+ years and seriously thinking of purchasing the GPE.

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If I'm not mistaken this phone has every frequency big red uses including the LTE band 13 700 mzh ???so why would you have an issue ... The only thing is that vzw doesn't have to give you voice and that's with there CDMA network ... Which this phone does support I'll be interested to see if a Sim won't activate this phone like the Google play nexus 7 would activate any thoughts ??

The GPE does NOT have CDMA. Plus NO carrier (in the US anyway) has voice over LTE so the need for 2G/3G fallback is needed. So if you just want to use the new GPE One as a very expensive 5" tablet on Verizon (assuming you can get it registered on their network) have fun with that.

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This version does not work on T Mobiles HSPA bands. So you will be getting Edge speeds again whete T Mobile doesn't have LTE.

Snipped from the article above:
WCDMA: 850/AWS/1900/2100 with HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 (B17/B5/B4/B2, carrier aggregation B4+17;B2+17), + roaming 2600/1800 (B7/B3)

Um T-Mobile's HSPA is AWS and 1900. Maybe you were looking for 1700 specifically. But both HSPA and LTE are supported including the 700mhz band that T-Mobile got from Verizon.

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I'm wondering that too, since it looks like the LTE bands are there, but under "roaming"

My guess based on past history, probably not.

It may have frequencies compatible on Verizon but if VZW won't activate the phone on their network, then no it won't work.

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There are work around for that. Activate the line with another device and swap SIMS and they generally work as long as it's a similar device. If you need a new SIM then you are SOL.

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GPE or Nexus devices will not work on Verizon now or ever. Verizon is not full GSM, the CDMA part that Verizon needs to activate their devices to their network locks out all the latest and greatest GPE and Nexus devices.

But what about the Nexus 5? That works on Sprint's network. With Verizon, I don't believe it's a technical limitation.

Yep.... HTC's camera app uses it to add some cool features (useful? Not sure, but cool).... Will the GPE edition include the software from HTC that would be required to use those features? If not, you're SOL.

Dammit! Can we get Google to work some magic and get these GPe devices with contracts and carriers?! Damn, for $700 I can get me an the boo a nexii 5. I'd go back on contract for a GPe device.

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No carrier interference is the entire point of GPE and Nexus devices. Defeats the point if carriers were to sell these.

The Verizon galaxy nexus was the last ever nexus device on Verizon because Verizon F'd with updates and trying to control a device that was not meant to have carrier interference. They pissed off Google enough to never offer a nexus device on Verizon ever again. Thank Verizon for that debacle. Nexus and GPE device should never be sold by carriers and thankfully they aren't.
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Price kills it, obviously. Wish they'd make GPE an optional install on carrier-subsidized models to help with this. Let me buy one on T-Mobile with their financing plan, then run a GPE converter...

Does anyone else write comments as if they're hoping the particular manufacturer/company is reading them?

I'd be interested if it weren't for that ridiculous HTC band/space at the bottom, the bezel was smaller and the phone was a bit cheaper. Like everyone else seems to be saying - Nexus 5. Nexus 5 all the way. Love the simple design and clean front.

"This version does not work on T Mobiles HSPA bands. So you will be getting Edge speeds again whete T Mobile doesn't have LTE."

"GPE or Nexus devices will not work on Verizon now or ever. Verizon is not full GSM, the CDMA part that Verizon needs to activate their devices to their network locks out all the latest and greatest GPE and Nexus devices."

"Not compatible to Sprint network because the is no CDMA band for 3G fallback"
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So who the Frack can use this phone? AT&T only?!?

Nice. But I've had my Nexus 4 for a year now, and it shows no sign of disappointing or getting obsolete (like my 2012 N7). I could pick up a N5 when the price drops, or N6, and be quite happy. Yes, the M8 looks sweet, but you can nearly get two N5s for the price.

Damn. .. I loved the M7 GPe, this may cause me to get rid of my Note 3... Must resist temptation. ..... who am I kidding... off to Google play I go

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Good choice my friend. Good choice! I'd get the GPE, but it won't work on Sprint. Bummer...

Nexus 5...enough said

These bands do not match the bands on the Play store. Where did they come from?

"GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/UMTS quad-band 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz
3G (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSDPA 21, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE (700 MHz, AWS)"

I know but it is NOT what is listed in the article.

Article:
"GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 850/AWS/1900/2100 with HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 (B17/B5/B4/B2, carrier aggregation B4+17;B2+17), + roaming 2600/1800 (B7/B3)"

Play Store:
"GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/UMTS quad-band 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz
3G (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSDPA 21, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE (700 MHz, AWS)"

UMTS/HSPA+ and WCDMA are pretty much interchangeable when it comes to specs listings. Though that's the difference between the article and the Google Play listing, they mean the same thing. T-Mobile and AT&T HSPA are supported on the proper bands (especially the 1700/2100 AWS band of T-Mo) up to 21Mbps theoretical speeds, and the bands for T-Mobile and AT&T LTE are supported.

Its been mentioned that innovation is somewhat lacking in today's smartphones. Here are a few things some that change ways we interact with our phones.

1)Knock On

2)Always Listening

3)Finger Print Scanners

4)Heart Rate Monitors

5)Camera Advancements

6)speed & Multi Tasking Abilities

7)Storage

8)The Mention Of 2-4k Screens (which i believe will happen this year or early next).

9)4k video recording

10)Battery Saving measures.

These are a few things and are innovative whether you like them all or not.

I dont believe that we have bottomed out.

I think that there will come a point where other tech will have to come into play to really push that innovation for example more things interacting with our phones.

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The OnePlus One definitely has most of my attention now, especially since their 64GB model could come in as much as $200 less than the 32GB model of the M8 or the M8 GPe. I think HTC and Samsung slacked a bit.

I just don't see the point of buying the GPE when you cant really utilize the Duo Camera to what it was fully made for. For the GPE, just get a Nexus. I have the Nexus and I love it, but if I'm buying the HTC M8, I'm buying it for the extra features sense brings, not for the stock experience and wasted extras

I was basing my questions off of the article. I often don't read all of the comments because so many of them are of the "this fone sukz" because it isn't an iphone or samsung phone type. Not always the case, but often enough. I noticed the WCDMA and thought it was the same as CDMA.

Can someone explain what exactly is the difference in the experience between Sense6 and stock KitKat?
I know that you lose Blinkfeed, and although they say the 4.4.2 will be tweaked for the dual cameras, it sure can't make it any better. I know that Android will be updated instantly. What else in terms of user experience and operation?

Also, what kind of bloatware is ATT likely to put on this and how will THAT affect the experience?

Thanks...I know that's a lot of questions...and it's only been out two days, so maybe no reality-based answers exist...