If you were one of the first to line up and get your hands on the HTC One, and you feel burned by HTC’s announcement that it plans to release a “Nexus Experience” version of the phone, just hold tight for a bit. According to The Verge, an HTC spokesperson said that the company is currently “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One” who want the stock Android experience instead of Sense 5, perhaps in the form of a flashable AOSP ROM.
HTC isn’t giving out any other information at this point, but this demonstrates a profound change of heart on the part of HTC, which has always believed that its own Sense UI provides the best possible Android experience for its customers. Now, it looks like it might be a little more open-minded, especially if it does in fact provide a flashable AOSP ROM for the masses.
But before you get too excited, there’s a good chance that HTC would only make this ROM available for those who bought the developer edition of the One, or only for GSM versions of the device. As Google learned with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, things can get tricky with AOSP and CDMA, especially when carriers like Verizon and Sprint insist on approving all software updates before making them available for their customers.
Still, at the same time, if a ROM becomes available, it will only be a matter of time before it’s ported over to other versions of the HTC One, or maybe even other HTC devices, like the EVO 4G LTE.
One can dream, right?[The Verge]