The Poms have just woken up to what Australians knew 18 months ago with the HTC Facebook phone being declared a “dud”. Now HTC is having a second crack at delivering a social network branded smartphone with the Taiwanese Company tipped to be close to launching a Goole branded HTC One.
The ‘pure Android’ version of the HTC One will feature Jelly Bean 4.2 instead of the standard HTC Sense overlay. The hardware spec for the new smartphone will remain similar to the current version of the HTC One. The browser will be Chrome with all of your Google services booting automatically once you have logged onto the Google network.
The new HTC One Google smartphone is tipped to be launched in Australia in August.
In the UK the launch of a “Facebook phone” has been “delayed” with some tipping it will never see the “light of day” following disappointing Australian and US sales and negative feedback from consumers and reviewers.
HTC has confirmed that “following customer feedback” the Europe launch of a Facebook phone has been “put on hold”.
In recent weeks several high-profile employees have departed from HTC as the company fights to hold onto marketshare.
In recent months, chief product officer Kouji Koudera, Asian chief executive Lennard Hoornik and the firm’s director of global communications Jason Gordon have all departed.
Five other senior figures have also left the company.