Google Edition devices will depend on Samsung and HTC for kernel updates
0. phoneArena 26 Jun 2013, 20:35 posted on
The Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One went on sale earlier today. Obviously, the big draw of these devices is that they offer a vanilla Android experience on some popular hardware. We've already learned that the updates for these devices will not come directly from Google, but will pass by Samsung and HTC first, but now we know a bit more as to why that is...
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9. sharks (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
If it can't match the update speed compared to Nexus devices, the existence of these "Google Editions" is moot.
18. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
call HTC and ask them who is updating the Google edition phones they will tell you that Google is handling all of that- I don't know where all these Newstech sites are getting this information
10. SleepingOz (unregistered)
At the end of the day, if you still want vanilla Android + fast update on these devices, you'll have to root and flash an AOSP rom.
20. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
You can un-facepalm yourself. call HTC and ask them who is updating the HTC Google editions phone.
2. rdonjuan8 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
I don't get it so it's Google edition and we will get updates as their out or wait like the rest as the carriers.
3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3484; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Well, that's not exactly what we were promised, huh?
4. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
well i'm on kernel version 3.4.45 because i'm on CyanogenMod 10.1
5. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
I'm afraid OEMs won't push updates as fast as they should. I mean, people would see a clearer gat between OS upgrades start complaining about how OEM-modded Android suck at it.
6. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
"...people would see a clearer gat between OS upgrades AND start complaining..."
what I get for posting comments from my phone hehe.
7. imkyle (Posts: 1054; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Doesn't seem to be worth double the price of the Nexus 4 now huh.
19. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
call HTC . Google is handling the updates of all the Google edition phones
8. joey_sfb (Posts: 4472; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The reason is there are different proprietary hardware in each phone. Device drivers that only OEM partners has access to.
Rest assured its will be much faster than their custom skin counterpart.
11. Trex95 (Posts: 791; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)
I saw the preview yesterday on the verge about these 2 devices nothing special and still the same performance even though with stock Android unlike Nexus 4. The only thing better the camera and screen.
12. joey_sfb (Posts: 4472; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Let not forget the removable MicroSD and battery along with 1080p screen for Samsung S4. Nexus 4 is no comparison with HTC one either.
14. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Nexus 4 has better GPU performance because it ´´only´´ has 768p display, which is more than enough, there is no way that you can see pixels on it. So Nexus 4 is the best phone for its price, why would I buy S4 or HTC one google editions for two times the price of Nexus 4.
13. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 749; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Doesnt matter much with Samsung coz they update their devices regularly & with great service. Problem is with HTC, coz it has a terrible history of providing updates.
16. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)
you think htc are bad with updates but actually Motorola and LG are a lot worse
17. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Not true call HTC yourself. Google will be updating the phones people, this is all just FUD.