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Mobile Phone News: Verizon HTC One release date set for August 22

Verizon Wireless will carry HTC’s top phone of 2013 starting Aug. 22.

Months after it was rolled out on the other major U.S. carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint) Verizon customers can finally lay their hands on the flagship HTC One smartphone.

The nation's largest carrier will carry HTC’s top phone of 2013 starting Aug. 22.

Verizon Wireless said in a tweet early Friday the handset will be available in stores and online on August 22 for $199 with a two year contract.

Since there is no clear indication what color options will be offered to subscribers, we might surmise, the phone will debut on Verizon in the standard black and silver models.

There is some good news! Verizon is launching the HTC Onewith Android 4.2.2, which makes it the first statewide One to receive Android 4.22 as no other U.S. carrier has the update yet. Moreover, it’s in a 32-gigabyte flavor.

HTC One
HTC's latest flagship smart phone is a beautiful gadget equipped with new software, neat camera tricks, a Full HD display and superb speakers. The device runs Android Jelly Bean, has a super charged processor and a sleek aluminum design that is attractive. It has a solid battery and at least 16 gigabytes of internal storage. Though it lacks any standout features, the handset is a good combination of form and function.

Launch just before MotoX
The release comes right before the Motorola Moto X launch. Moto X reportedly has better voice command and touchless features. It is also equipped with Android's new camera app, and its body colors can be chosen by the buyer.

Though, Verizon hasn't announced the availability of Moto X yet, AT&T said on Friday that the gadget would go on sale Aug. 23 for $199 with a two-year contract. It will be available in stores and online through Moto Maker.