When the Google Play edition devices were announced, we didn’t know what “Google Play edition” exactly meant. Was it just stock Android? Was it a Nexus experience? Will it get fast updates? Those questions were somewhat answered with the realization that the manufacturers would be handling updates, not Google.
We had our doubts that updates would come to these devices as fast as they do to Nexus devices. However, an Android 4.3 build for the Galaxy S 4 GPe leaked before the Nexus 4 got any taste of 4.3. Maybe Samsung will release the update on time, if they already have builds ready? It was a big possibility.
It looks like we were initially right. Android 4.3 was announced today, and a bunch of Nexus devices will be getting the update. This includes the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, the GPe devices will be getting the update “very soon” instead of today. Even with early access to the code, the two manufacturers couldn’t make it in time.
Personally, I don’t feel like this is a big deal. The GPe devices are not sold under the Nexus brand, and should still get faster updates than other handsets. It is good enough considering it isn’t Google controlled. If you own a Google Play edition device, how do you feel about this? Were you expecting updates on par with Nexus devices? Or was that not part of your buying decision? Tell us in the comments!