The HTC One M8 was announced last week, and not only did HTC announce a beautiful device with some very awesome features – review coming soon – but they also launched it in Verizon stores and Carphone Warehouse stores in the US and UK respectively the same day. That has never happened before. Not even with Apple. Typically manufacturers announce a phone and then it’s available a few weeks later. Or if you’re Apple it’s about 10 days later. HTC also announced the Unlocked, Developer and Google Play Editions all at the same time, and they were also available for order the day of the announcement, as well as pre-orders for the T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint variants. Which to me is a pretty big deal. The HTC One M8 will be hitting carriers stores on April 10-11th, although it appears that HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is shipping from Google Play right now.
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The Google Play Edition of the new HTC One is going for about $700, and according to the Google Play page it leaves the warehouse on April 15th. However we are getting reports that some of them are shipping out now, likely to arrive early next week. The Google Play Edition is basically stripping out the Sense 6.0 – or Sixth Sense as HTC calls it – and replaces it with just stock Android. Which is a great thing, but at that price, it’s hard to recommend the Google Play Edition over the Sense version, since the Sense version is a bit cheaper.
Anyways, those that are interested in picking up the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, it’s shipping out now – reportedly. So if you’ve got $699 plus tax to throw down on a new device, be my guest and head over to the Play Store now and order your own Google Play Edition of this amazing smartphone. How many of you ordered a HTC One M8 Google Play Edition?