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Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Now Available

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 With No Comments »

The day is here, AOSP fans: you can go pick up a gloriously stock Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC Onein the Google Play Store now. The “Google Play Edition” phones went live this morning, right on time, and are now for sale next to the Nexus phones and tablets. The GS4 Google Edition can be had for $649, while the HTC One goes for slightly less at $599. Both are running the latest version of Android 4.2 shod of all skins and add-ons, with promised updates via Google itself. At the moment, the phones are only available to United States residents.

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The hottest Android smartphones right now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, have just arrived on Google Play in their pure Google Editions, running on stock Android Jelly Bean without any skin on top of it.

You can now pre-order the 16GB Galaxy S4 Google Edition (priced at $649.99) and the 32GB HTC One GE (priced at $599.99), and they are expected to ship on July 9th.

The S4 GE and HTC One GE will work only on GSM carriers so you won’t be able to use them on Verizon and Sprint.

Both will work fine on AT&T’s network, but if you want to make full use of T-Mobile’s network you’d better get the Galaxy S4 GE as it supports T-Mo’s full 3G/4G bands. The HTC One GE lacks T-Mobile’s 1700MHz AWS bands and only supports the 1900MHz frequencies available in select areas.

This special edition device, priced at $599, will be available in the United States (initially) and supported on GSM networks. Out of the box, this special edition HTC One will run Android 4.2.2 with subsequent software updates provided by Google.

Good news is that if you buy one of the Google Edition smartphones you basically subscribe to timely Android updates that will be pushed over the air directly from Google without going through carrier approval.

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