Jun 26 AT 12:19 PM Nick Gray 14 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One Google Play editions now available


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.

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Is a stock Android Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One Google Play edition in your future?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition
HTC One Google Play edition

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • sandwich

    ‘Bout time! Now…

    “Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet.
    We’re working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible.
    Please check back again soon.”

    …who wants to order and ship one to me? :p

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Neither device does HSPA+ on 1700 MHz band. This is a blow if you don’t live in a refarmed area for T-Mobile. But at least AT&T has cheaper Go Phone plans that support LTE now.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Actually, I was told the Play Store listing is wrong (big surprise). The SGS4 GPe is the T-Mobile variant and it does have HSPA+ 1700 MHz.

      • Arthur

        Does this correction only apply to the GS4 or the One as well? If I was to get either of these, it would be the One and some area’s I am in have refarmed T-Mobile towers, other area’s don’t.

        • Tetracycloide

          Network support for HTC One Play Edition is the same as the AT&T version of the phone: Quad Band GSM/EDGE
          WCDMA Bands:
          1 (2100), 2 (1900), 5 (850)
          LTE Bands:
          2 (1900), 4 (1700/2100), 5 (850), 17 (700)

    • uzunoff

      Did you see the processor listed under galaxy S4?
      Qualcomm Snapdragonâ„¢ S4 Pro

      Really ?
      That’s a pretty big mistake.

    • Alphonse

      Looks like an error in the play store listing for the GS4. It has been reported that the GE GS4 is pentaband and the more recent product info below does in fact list 1700MHz HSPA+.


  • Nate B.

    I like how the time says 4:30.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Pretty sure these were supposed to launch with Android 4.3 and it just got delayed.

      • Arthur

        I hope so even though we haven’t seen any hints at all that I can think of as to what, if any changes are going to be included in 4.3.

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          Bluetooth 4.0 was one of the big changes already promised for the next version of Android.

  • uzunoff

    I wonder if there will be any way to install the Samsung apps that will enable the use of the sensors and the IR blaster.

  • donger

    HTC One!

  • Nathan D.

    Yea! Finally, now let see if they sell well