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.