Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One now available to order from the Play Store
The ‘Google Edition’ versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are now available to order from Google’s Play Store. And right on time they are. These handsets come with stock Android, ‘as Google intended it’, and are devoid of any manufacturer-specific skins. Furthermore, they’ll receive operating system updates straight from Google, which hopefully means that they’ll be updated as fast as the Nexus series, and not like their ‘normal’ variants sold outside of the Play Store.
You can order both now, but they’ll only start shipping on July 9. As a reminder, you’ll need to shell out $599 for the HTC One and $649 for the Galaxy S4.
They will both work only on GSM-based networks (so no Sprint and no Verizon). Finally, don’t expect to see any software gimmicks from the ‘normal’ versions of the phones here. So no Zoes, no Smart this or Smart that, nothing that isn’t 100% pure stock Android.
If you’re interested in purchasing these smartphones, go to the Play Store. But do that only if you’re in the US of A, since that’s the only country in which they’re available at the moment (and there’s no word on whether they’ll make it to anywhere else).
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