The long-awaited stock Android versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are now available to purchase on Google Play. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition comes with 16GB of internal storage and a price tag of $649.99. The HTC One Google Play edition with 32GB of internal storage comes in slightly cheaper at $599.99. Google is promising that initial orders will ship by July 9.
While specs of both devices remain identical to the phones consumers have been able to purchase for the past few months, there are a few key differences that make Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 extremely compelling. Both phones are SIM and bootloader unlocked with HSPA+ and LTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile’s network. And I guess we should also mention that the stock Android software on both devices will be maintained by Google.
The idea of a stock Android HTC One or Galaxy S4 may be a dream come true for a lot of hardcore Android fans, but many of the key software differentiators that make the two phones appealing are missing without HTC Sense and TouchWiz. It’ll be interesting to see if the general public will care about these two Google Play edition devices or if interest will be limited to a small but vocal group of Android aficionados.
Is a stock Android Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One Google Play edition in your future?