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HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition (GPE) Unveiled!

by Todd Haselton | March 25, 2014March 25, 2014 8:15 am PST

HTC One M8 2014

HTC didn’t just take the wraps off of the HTC One (M8), which runs Sense 6 and Android 4.4 KitKat, it also just announced a pure Android Google Play Edition (GPE) version of the device. It’s already available for pre-order but will set you back $699, about $50 more than the developer and unlocked versions of the One (M8).

HTC said that Google will also keep the Duo Camera functionality — which takes advantage of the secondary sensor for grabbing depth data on images — by using HTC’s APIs. Right now it’s unclear if Google is going to leave HTC’s camera software intact, too, through a separate app, or if it’s somehow going to build the functionality direct into the Google Play Edition’s camera app.

The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition will support the 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequency bands, 850/AWS/1900/2100MHz WCDMA bands with support for HSPA+ 21Mbps networks, and the 700/850/AWS/1900 LTE bands with support for 2600/1800MHz roaming.

You should see the One (M8) pre-orders pop up in the Google Play store soon for pre-order. Google is only offering the silver model for now.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...