updated 06:36 am EDT, Fri May 24, 2013
Stock Android version of HTC One could be announced within two weeks
HTC is still planning to release a version of the HTC One with a stock installation of Android, according to a rumor, despite an official denial from the company. Sources of the rumor place an announcement of a vanilla HTC One within the next two weeks and a release sometime in the summer, with internal teams apparently already working on making it possible.
The report from Russell Holly of Geek.com could possibly be true, as it comes after he wrote about another rumor for the stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which later turned out to be factual. That device is being sold directly from Google for $649 unlocked from June 26th. Shortly after the announcement at Google I/O, HTC issued a statement stating it was "not currently planning a 'Nexus Edition' of the HTC One."
Currently, HTC provides a Developer Edition of the HTC One, at an equal $649 cost. While it does provide a version of Android with HTC Sense installed instead of a stock version of Android, it does offer an unlocked bootloader, therefore allowing for a vanilla Android installation. Since it does provide a device capable of running stock Android, albeit with some effort on the part of the user, it isn't much of a jump for HTC to start offering such a device, though the company's protectiveness of HTC Sense may be a hurdle for its release.