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.