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Google Play editions of Galaxy S4 and HTC One are a nod to iPhone 5

Posted In News - By DailyAndroidNews on Friday, June 28th, 2013 With No Comments »

The Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are considered the highest form of Android by platform purists view the platform as one of the great feats of the twenty-first century, as it erases all the software changes and additions made by Samsung and HTC in favor of the original unmolested Android code which Google wrote in the first place, which they consider the pinnacle of the “open” Android platform. These geeks miss the point of what Google is trying to do. By eliminating any variance in its system software, Google now trying to close the Android platform in the name of cohesiveness and quality at the expense of openness. That’s a nod to what Apple has done with the iPhone from the start.

Yet the same tech geeks who worship Android the most thoroughly for its “openness” typically tend to despise Apple for being what they call closed: no variance to the system software. Uniformity from one iPhone user experience to the next. Apple’s way or the highway. If the iPhone 5 is the embodiment of a closed platform, then the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and One are Android’s best attempt at being just as closed. Those geeks who hate Apple and everything it stands for should, by that same logic, hate the “stock Android” initiative.

But five years of Android has demonstrated that openness comes at a cost: the Android experience is so wildly different from one device to the next that Google can’t do any quality control or offer any consistency. And the fragmentation has kept most Android users from being able to install any software updates at all. Google is trying to fix that by offering the a Google Play editions of popular Android phones, but in doing so is moving closer to the model Apple has always used with the iPhone.

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