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Don’t expect an HTC One M9 Google Play edition, company says

by Jacob Kleinman | March 18, 2015March 18, 2015 7:00 pm EST

HTC wrapped up its “Uh Oh” webcast earlier today, and beyond plans for a new phone repair service it also revealed a few key details surround the One M9 launch. Responding to fan questions via Twitter, the company discussed its U.S. release date and the possibility of a Google Play edition for the HTC One M9.

First, the bad news, at least for any HTC fans hoping for a stock Android version of the One M9. The company says it has no such plans, despite releasing GPe versions of the One (M7) and One (M8). We can’t say we’re surprised. It’s been pretty clear for a while that Google is winding down that program for good.

The good news is that we finally know when the HTC One M9 will be available in America. According to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie the device is set to hit stores on April 10, though that could vary slightly depending on your carrier. It’s probably not a coincidence that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are set to launch globally that same day.

We’ll have plenty more coverage of the HTC One M9 coming up soon. For now, you can watch the full broadcast from earlier today embedded below.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...