There are many advantages to owning a smartphone running stock Android, one of which is that, when a new version of Google's software arrives, you don't have to wait forever for the OTA to hit your device. Such is the case with the Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, which will both begin to see the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update as of today.
The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One, which allows owners of the device to dual-boot between the Sense and Google Edition interfaces, has been released to the public in beta. For users looking for a clean, pure Android experience most of the time but a little tentative about dropping Sense, MoDaCo.Switch is the perfect go-between, and with a relatively easy setup, your HTC One could be running both stock Android and the Taiwanese company's modded Sense iteration.
It's a phenomenon that few had dare to predict, though certainly one that we all hoped for. The best Android smartphones on the planet getting special Google editions, free of carrier and manufacturer bloatware? It's like the Holy Grail of mobile technology, and this week it became reality as both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 made the transition from unique-selling-point-filled behemoths to sleek, Google-powered monsters.
HTC’s latest flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One, has been making headlines around the blogosphere for quite some time, and rightly so, thanks to the device’s many enticing features. It’s the first phone to come with HTC’s proprietary Sense 5 UI skin, and boasts hardware enhancements such as the UltraPixel camera module and what not. Combine that with the device’s extraordinary build quality, and you have a winner through and through.