Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has certainly developed its own share of “fanboys” in regards to the Android operating system. Much like those who have been hooked by, and are loyal to, the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, the Android experience has won over many people, as demonstrated by the amazing sales numbers for Android smartphones. But unlike the iOS, Android has not provided a “pure” experience to users very often; as Android is based on open-source code, many handset and tablet makers that use the platform make their own “overlays” of their own native software and application. So in many cases, it is usually proper to call a phone “running on the Android OS rather than calling it a straight Android phone.
Apparently, however, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is responding to calls for a true Android experience, as the company has already announced one such device, and now there is word that a second Android smartphone will be hitting store shelves sometime this summer. Just before the recently completed Google I/O conference, word got out that a “Google Edition” Samsung Galaxy S4 would launch in the coming weeks, and now a new rumors ha spawned that says that there will be an HTC One Google Edition smartphone will be announced “in the next two weeks” and would be hitting store shelves this summer.
Word on the street from sources is that this new handset will run pure Android version 4.2.2 without all of the HTC bells and whistles – which could be problematic, as some of those features – like BeatsAudio and ImageSense – will not be supported on this pure Android handset. What are your thoughts about Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) putting out a pure Android smartphone? What are your thoughts about the OS? Would you be interested in a pure Android phone? Give us your feedback in the comments section below.