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The All New HTC One (M8), the phone that's been leaked more than any device in recent history, is going to get officially unveiled later on today at an event in NYC. It is my pleasure to announce that the Google Play Edition, meaning stock Android, now looks to be confirmed and will be joining the Sense variant at some point, hopefully as early as today. While not entirely unexpected, there was a chance that HTC would opt out of the GPE program this time around. Thankfully, that's not going to be the case.

The confirmation comes via a mention in one of five (and still counting) applications uploaded by the company to the Play Store tonight. We've covered the first three here and here, with the others still queued up, waiting for someone else to wake up (we do sleep at times). One of the apps we haven't posted yet is HTC Gallery, and its description has a very interesting tidbit that caught our eye:

The HTC Gallery provides you with a range of fast and easy ways to locate your photos. With Image Match, simply choose a photo with the object or person you want to find and it will locate similar images for you. Timeline View allows you to locate images by day, month or year. And POI Location searches photos that have been taken at a particular place. Now it’s fast and easy to find all the photos you need to. Support for HTC One(M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit.

See that last bit in bold? If you had any doubt about the existence of the GPE version, fear no more.

So, who's opting out of Sense this time around?

Update: The Play Store page is live.

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Danny Holyoake

    I want to know when Google will get their finger out of their ass and bring GPE to other regions.

    • Michael Pahl

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • Daniel

      Would be nice:-)

    • Martin

      You are waiting for GPE, some people (like me) are still waiting for Music, Tv shows and movies and devices.. So their finger are very very deep in... :-)

    • JACK JAES

      HTC One is a great phone, but no longer a game-changer...
      http://newstoday55.blogspot.com/2014/03/htc-one-is-great-phone-but-no-longer.html

  • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

    Wow, interesting. But I own a Nexus 5 so it doesn't really matter.

  • Phantom Pt. II

    Would still rather have a Moto X. Ebony + golden accents.

  • disqus_i10JnPP35K

    It's.....BEAUTIFUL!

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    The question is, how fast will the M8 replace the M7 on the Play Store?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      I'd be shocked if it was before Google I/O. That event is in June and that'll be around the one year anniversary of the GS4 and One (M7) GPE variants

      • JeffPowell

        Are you shocked now? It is already up. It did not "replace" it though

  • jgemberton

    Wonder if the GPE edition will be able to utilize the dual-camera features (post-processing focus, for one)?

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Probably. The only thing the M7 GPe didn't utilize was the IR blaster, and even that was fixed today.

  • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

    APK anyone?

    • NotTheTodd

      You want the APK for a phone? I'm pretty sure they haven't figured out how to distribute hardware via an APK...

      • C64

        if you install the m8 apk, your old phone magical will change in the m8

        • UndergroundWire

          APK for Dual Camera Please. Also, I need to download more RAM. This phone is so slow now.

      • http://nurudin.jauhari.net/ Jauhari

        Sorry I am make comments on wrong article :(

    • Jason Croysdill

      Its ok, this the .apk free version. All you need to do is walk into a phone shop (date pending), place approx £550 (price pending) on the counter, close your eyes for 2 minutes, and the money has transformed into a HTC (M8). Simple, and it works without flaws.

    • Guillaume

      Maybe if you had a 3D printer, you could download the blueprint for a new phone? :)

  • duck hairs

    Wouldn't actually buy the GPE (not available here) but its great for the custom ROM community

  • Muhammad Najmi Mohd Amir

    I'll try the new Sense first , if I like I'll stay with it, and then I always can flash custom rom =D

  • M3D1T8R

    Verizon GPE please?

  • Michael Romano

    It's between the Z2 and M8 for me. And I think the difference in battery capacity will be the deciding factor. Z2 with 3200 mAh and M8 with only 2600 mAh.

    • Anna

      I agree! The Z2 is waterproof too which is a big bonus. though the power saving mode on the GS5 and new HTC One is something id really use.....

    • Fabio

      I can't speak for the M8. But with my M7 ( 2300 mAh) I manage to get through two days without having to reload my battery. I'm still pretty impressed how HTC get that done. So I expect that the M8 has a similiar or even better battery life.

      • Anna

        true, its all about how efficient it is really. like iphones quite small but works longer than others...

    • Whitey Ford

      Z2 ugly af

  • Jure Šuklje

    If they make it available in Europe, I will definitely consider one.

  • lensgrabber

    I'll wait it out for the Moto X 2

    • AbbyZFresh

      Wait out for last year's specs from a company bout to get sold to China? You're better off getting the HTC One.

      • lensgrabber

        I've had five Android phones in the past three years. The X just works. The camera isn't great but everything else is excellent. I used to be a spec-fanboy until I got this phone.

        • Guillaume

          Yes I played with an X I couldn't believe how great it felt despite the so-so specs. Impressing work on this one.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Now to see if it's the T-Mobile variant this time and/or T-Mobile compatible. The lack prevented me from considering the last one seriously.

  • invinciblegod

    You know, this seems a bit pointless for HTC devices, especially this one. All of HTC devices you specialized cameras that are different than standard ones so if you remove their software optimizations, performance noticeably degrades (especially with some proprietary 2 camera system). It's fine if you don't care about the camera, but many people do. Not only that, but I remember that the IR blaster gets disabled. Also, codec support is degraded (I know that the samsung firmware has more codec support than standard).

  • FlexPlexico

    Lets see how the GPE program works out for the old One. HTC has historically been bad at supporting their phones beyond the first few months.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    The HTC One GPE didn't support T-Mobile's HSPA+ bands. It worked on LTE, but didn't work on 3G, so it most areas it would get 2G speeds only. And I DON'T have one for that reason.