Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One now available
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.
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.
1. ryq24 (Posts: 428; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
What's the difference between these phones and their non google edition counterpart?
4. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Lack of custom skins (pure jellybean) and lacks some of the innovations (S Beam, Zoe, Blinkfeed, etc...). Plus you get updates directly from Google.
For the S4, the losses are all the innovations and Samsung tidbits. The gain is most likely a smoother, lag free experience, and more space available on built in storage.
Got the One, you lose you mostly with Blinkfeed (which can largely be recreated anyway). The bigger loss is with the camera, which may not perform as well without the HTC tweaks.
6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Thank you thank you thank you for noting the important parts -- specific unique hardware that was created for exclusive features to TouchWiz and Sense UI that may not work optimally with stock.
It's designed as a developer device mostly, and I can only hope that with these out there, we can see more apps better optimized for Snapdragon 600.
14. rihel_95 (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
Btw, if u go to SAMSUNG S4's link to google, the feature list says "Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor" , not Snapdragon 600.
But HTC ONE still has S600??!!
25. HASHTAG (unregistered)
They must of changed it because it says S600 now.
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3427; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I can't WAIT for the Android 4.2.2 source for the HTC One Google edition, FINALLY comes out. That would help all the custom ROMS for the HTC Droid DNA & the HTC One because the #1 problem the developers are having is the Amp that is built it to these to phones can't be used.
So the phones running custom ROMS right now can't take advantage of that KICKA$$ AMP.
Soon, VERY soon the custom ROMS for BOTH the HTC Droid DNA & the HTC One will sound just as good as the Sense ROMS do. Can't WAIT!
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1793; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No manufacturer overlays/skins & no carrier bloatware = timely updates.
EDIT: I meant this as a reply to comment #1.
3. TMach (Posts: 304; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Extremely disappointing that these phones, in particular the HTC One Ge is not being made available in the UK at the same time. Worse still, no word on when it might be made available. Is Google copying HTC's marketing strategy (dumb and dumber) especially after the debacle that was the Nexus 4.......Shame on you Google! Disappointed? Not much, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
5. DeejayReact (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
You don't want that camera without Sense 5.0, anyway. Better off just buying one from your carrier now, or the unlocked version straight from HTC and installing a HTC 5 based ROM.
7. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Honestly, I think this is a case where the S4 really comes out ahead of the One. The S4 comes stripped of the rather bloated Touchwiz, which should do a lot to eliminate lag and stuttering, as well as lower the amount of used spaced on included storage. Most of the features lost are mostly gimmicky, and don't tie into hardware all that much.
The One however, has a much smaller footprint with Sense 5, so the speed increase will be a lot less noticeable, and the savings on storage will also be smaller. The kicker though is that they have software tied into things like Beats and their camera, which will almost certainly mean for a different sound than the typical One, and potentially a difference in the camera. That could be a kicker.
I personally prefer the One to the S4. But in this case, I think the Google Edition of the S4 provides a much better value than the standard version, and ends up being a better buy over the Google Edition of the One.
10. guest (Posts: 81; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
I read somewhere that Beats audio will be intact don't know about the camera software.
17. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I think they did state that Zoe will be included in the HTC GE. Not fully sure though.
18. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
It would definitely up my view on the One GE if Beats and Zoe made the cut. I'm somewhat skeptical, but I'd love to be proven wrong on that.
26. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Well I know beats is on there for sure, just not fully sure on Zoe -- though I know it still has the ultrapixel camera.
29. jellmoo (Posts: 354; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
If Beats is there then updates must be coming from HTC rather than Google, which muddies things a little.
I'm curious about the camera if that's the case. If the software is pushed out by HTC rather than Google, then it is possible that you'd get the full experience from the ultrapixel camera.
9. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
i just got the S4.....im just upset that it doesn't come in black and it takes up to July 9th to ship..really wtf
27. JunitoNH (Posts: 709; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Wait till the holiday season, they always come down in price. Regardless, your correct they are overpriced. They'll sell maybe a million combine of this. Galaxy Nexus was priced at $399 and only sold few units.
11. umlguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
Can anyone say why the S4 spec says it uses the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead of the 600? Did Sammy pull a fast one on everyone hopng to get one of these unlocked phones by provided a more limited device while stil calling it a Galaxy S4 ... or did they just make a mistake when posting it?
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i wouldn't get either of these as i'm sure there'll be Google Edition ports being done for the consumer editions. HTC is even rumored to make the Stock 4.2.2 ROM available to download themselves.
13. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
Woah woah woah HUUUGE mistake or is it real?? Why does it say S4 Pro chip for the GS4 instead of Snapdragon 600?!!! Ah holy crap I almost bought it, holding out til I get clarification -.-
15. Kan_wha (Posts: 86; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
The play page for the GE S4 says it doesn't have 1700mHz for 3G, if there is no AWS, its a complete crapshoot for the T-Mobile users.
31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1793; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It does have it. They omitted it by mistake.
37. tackhouse1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
Any link to the confirmation? I was ready to pull the trigger on the GS4 GE but this was holding me back.
38. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1793; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
19. Omarc07 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
hmm nice s4 for me if it supports att lte.
33. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3503; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
AT&T has LTE on bands 4 and 17 (700/1700/2100 MHz), the GS4 GE supports 700, 850, AWS, and 1900. AWS includes 1700 (uplink) and 2100 (downlink), so you could use the GS4 GE on AT&T's LTE network, unless I'm mistaken.
20. galanoth (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
The Verge has stated that both phones use the same processor as their "skinned" counterpart.
21. moronman66 (Posts: 150; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
Does this mean in a few weeks, Android 4.3 is going to be released? They said the Google Edition HTC One would be getting an update a few weeks after release...
34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3503; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Moto X is rumored to be announced August 1st (5 weeks away), probably with a new version of Android, so it does line up nicely.
22. galanoth (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
Anandtech also stats that they're both Snapdragon 600.
23. Fuego84 (Posts: 244; Member since: 13 May 2012)
The HTC One GE lacks T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS bands and only supports the 1900MHz frequencies. What does this mean exactly? I mean will I be covered on t-mobile version of 4G or not?
24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5466; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Another reason why I love GSM. Plus their PURE VANILLA Android. Hopefully Sony is next.
28. dorianb (Posts: 325; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
All i care about is that empty spot next to the S4 that is saved for the Xperia Z
32. najib1312 (Posts: 79; Member since: 08 May 2013)
So does that mean these phones can be updated to all d upcoming Android versions just like a typical Nexus phone?? If yes, that's GREAT!!
35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3503; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
They'll be kind of delayed compared to the Nexus devices, because the GS4 and One both have different kernels than stock Android for extra software (like Beats Audio on the One), but it'll still be much faster than the original One and GS4.
36. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 514; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I would prefer to get Nexus Galaxy S4 because it will be stock android without heavy Touchwiz. However, in case of Nexus One, I would prefer HTC one coz its new sense 5 is amazing, fast & light. Plus it has image sense chip & HTC zoe etc features which makes it better than Nexus One.
HTC One > Nexus S4 > Galaxy S4 > Nexus One....
39. ChafedBanana (Posts: 350; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Pity that they don't make these phones in Google editions for Verizon and Sprint. It doesn't make any sense. Verizon is the largest carrier in a America and Sprint still has unlimited data but you can't get either of these phones for their networks. Lame.