The HTC One M8 Google Edition release date is set for next month.
This version is now listed in the Google Play store as "leaving warehouse" in 2-3 weeks. It will run buyers $699 and is compatible with U.S. Cellular, AT&T and T-Mobile networks. It can be pre-ordered now.
The HTC One GPe will be identical to the carrier based model aside from the software which will eliminate Sense 6 and replace it with a pure version of Android 4.4.2.
Some of the new features on the HTC One M8 include a dual camera, the updated Sense 6, and a new version of BlinkFeed that can be customized to bring in feeds related to just about any particular topic.
The battery life has been greatly improved on the new model as it is said to last 40 percent longer than the original and can work for up to two weeks without being charged on standby mode. The speakers on the new model are 25 percent louder and new sensors that run in low power allow for single gesture unlocking. Users will be able to check the time without having to hit the power button and unlock, and to answer a call all one must do is hold the device up to their ear.
Ultrapixel technology has been improved as users will now be able to take better quality photos in all lighting conditions. When filming, cuts can be made by pausing the video.
Other specs include a 5-megapixel front facing shooter for video chatting and selfies that can be accessed with a swipe, a Snapdragon 801 chipset, an improved version of HTC Zoe, and a 5-inch 440 ppi display.
The Dot View case for the HTC One M8 is one of the more interesting accessories to launch for a smartphone as it features lights in the front that display time and callers, and can be accessed with the single gesture system.