By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 06, 2013 10:32 AM EDT
Famous Android developer Paul O'Brien is working on a neat project called Switch, which would allow HTC One users to switch between stock Android and Sense 5.
While the trend nowadays seems to include flagship devices boasting separate versions with stock Android, such as the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, there are advantages and disadvantages. Dual booting in this case would allow for both the clean, classy interface of stock Android and the extra neat features that come with overlays such as HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz.
O'Brien's Switch project is still in progress, but it aims to allow HTC One users to quickly switch between AOSP (stock) Android to Sense 5 and vice versa, with just one click.
Paul O'Brien is a famous Android developer and also the creator of the popular MoDaCo custom ROM, which means that his dedication to such an ambitious project can only bring good news. The ultimate goal of the Switch project is to offer users a smooth, easy-to-use method to enjoy the best of both worlds, i.e. both the clean Android firmware and the extra features of overlays.
"MoDaCo.SWITCH is cool, the ideal solution is of course 'Best of Both' (BoB) where you can choose which bits of each... in progress. Complex!" touts O'Brien in a tweet on Friday, July 5.
Being a work in progress, the project is not yet fully functional and ready to go, not to mention that it doesn't sound like an easy task at all. While O'Brien is currently working on the HTC One right now, if the project is successful a Samsung Galaxy S4 version could be in the cards as well.
Switch would allow users to enjoy stock Android without having to purchase a separate device that is specifically Google Edition. Users could also be able to enjoy popular features such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, the IR blaster, or others, and still get a taste of that pure vanilla Android at the same time. The details are not very clear for now, but the project sounds very good and promising.
If this project is successful, however, what will happen to the HTC One Google Edition? Would consumers still buy that version if they can have the best of both worlds with Switch? Time will tell.
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