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After months of speculation and rumors, Verizon announced the HTC One for its network with all the pomp and circumstance and extravagance it deserved - just kidding, they tweeted about.

So there it is. The One is coming to Verizon "later this summer." This is HTC's first four-carrier Android device in the US, albeit a little late, but cool nonetheless. It's also the second-ever HTC Android phone on Verizon to not be a carrier exclusive designed specifically for Big Red. Seriously. Look it up.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Simon Belmont

    Nice. Juuust before the time phones with the Snapdragon 800 will begin to emerge.

    Why so late to the party, Verizon? Le sigh.

    • ProductFRED

      They probably wanted to see how it would sell on the other networks. Verizon has a habit of screwing up HTC phones badly. Hopefully they leave the One has it is.

      • Simon Belmont

        Maybe. I think it was pretty clear the HTC One was going to be a hit, though.

        My theory is they didn't want to piss customers off who'd bought the Droid DNA only a few months ago. Who knows.

        • ProductFRED

          AT&T released it right after the One X and One X+, so I don't think that was it. Besides, that would be more of an HTC complaint than a Verizon complaint (as much as I hate Verizon).

          • Simon Belmont

            Well, Verizon is always late as hell on updates, so here they're late as hell on releasing a whole phone. Oh wait, I almost forgot, *coughBioniccough*.

            Yeah. I'm not a huge Verizon fan myself, to be honest. But I tend to watch all of the carriers. Just the way I am.

    • JG

      Alright - odd... I was typing the response found below & Disqus refreshed (I guess) & I found myself looking at a 3 month old convo debating if the new pope has LTE...

      As I was going to say.... Reasons for the delay....

      1.) They had to study the device carefully to find the best (aka most annoying) place to brand the phone with their logo, just in case you might forget who your carrier is...

      2.) They had to go through their due diligence to ensure the device will operate at its ultimaul and won't disrupt the network... Which of course includes locking the bootloader, encrypting the kernel, blocking any access to root or Google Wallet, and making sure it has all of the utmost essential apps, like NFL 2013 and Blockbuster... Cause you know... Why would you want to use Google Movies to stream anything when you can get it from a company that went extinct 3 years ago... And of course these apps are so important, they have to make sure you can't accidentally delete them....

      • Simon Belmont

        I laughed! Seriously, I did.

        I can almost view your suggestions above as how a SimCity game loads up at the splash screen, which would be "Optimizing(increasing) Bloatware", "Neutralizing Openness", "Diminishing Goodwill towards developers and tinkerers", "Outsourcing brand logo placement". Hahaha!

  • Michael

    Welp, I'm getting this!

  • George Millhouse

    you assume it will be the same exact phone and not some carrier specific version.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      They're calling it the HTC One, of course it will be the same phone, aside from a Verizon logo and some bloat apps.

      • s44

        And permanent WiFi notification, and no bootloader unlock...

      • NemaCystX

        Probably an exclusive color (black and red would look hot) and probably continue that wireless charging exclusive agreement they have with HTC

        Would it be far fetched to say it might have microSD just like the Chinese variant? hmm explains why they would skip it for the DNA to make it a selling point for the HTC One

        Thats my theory, or is it? ;)

        • Stiggy

          Eh don't get your hopes up. There's a reason they skipped it on the DNA in the first place and that is that HTC doesn't sell high enough on VZW to boss them around. Samsung Apple all do. Show me a verizon logo on an iphone.

    • Guest

      Its called the HTC one.

  • tyguy829

    weren't there a bunch of windows mobile phones like the touch pro and touch pro 2?

    • George Millhouse

      what does that have to do with this??

      • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

        The article says it's their first 4 carrier release. It was not true.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      You're right - I should say second-ever Android phone.

  • George Millhouse

    ill wait for the Note 3

    • Mr E

      in the same boat here. i really just want something with a stylus digitizer and dual front-facing speakers. maybe they'll make a Note One

      • Patato Hsieh

        Sounds like the T6 in mystery.

  • Stephen McGann

    Too late Verizon, I already bought a new phone off contract.

    • mjmedstarved

      THIS, and that I will only sell is for a wicked Moto X. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

    Of course they announce this the day before my upgrade and after I've already convinced myself I want the S4 instead. Not sure my Droid X2 is going to last the rest of the summer...

  • Booyabobby

    I wonder if Verizon will also release the stock android version of the HTC One.

    • Wyatt Neal

      I'll believe it when Satan wears mittens.

    • Khary Anderson

      I don't think it can because verizon has a CDMA network

  • NemaCystX

    Did hell just freeze over?

  • Stiggy

    Thank the lord. I've suffered long enough without a proper android phone on VZW. Time to get rid of this iPhone and back to something bigger and better.