Google Edition expansion: Sony Xperia Z may be next, who else needs in?
0. phoneArena 05 Jun 2013, 12:30 posted on
Last year, one of the more persistent rumors in the Android world was that Google had plans to greatly expand the Nexus line of devices, and might have planned to release as many as five new Nexus devices last year. Obviously the timing of the rumor was off, but it looks like that rumor wasn't completely inaccurate, and is coming around in a surprising way. Google has already announced two Google Edition models of flagship devices, and rumor has it that Sony may be the next up to join the program. So, who else needs to get in on this movement?...
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1. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
This is great, every phone will have a Google version!
17. kozza3 (Posts: 566; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
this is how it should have been from the start, develop a AOSP compatible version then pile the "OEM" poop on after for the average user version
21. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Also make the "OEM" poop available on Play store for people who are interested in manufacturer sense/launcher. Give people choices!
2. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Funny, I just said I'm hoping this might happen in your other article. Crossing my fingers on this bad boy.
3. tadaa (Posts: 172; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
Wouldn't it put too much strain to google's resources to support many devices if this becomes a reality? That said i'd love to play with a stock xperia z, it makes more sense given it uses on-screen buttons
4. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
"Google Edition" sounds like that rumored Nexus certification program a while back. This is way better than Google making a single Nexus device a year plus "Google Edition" is better branding imo
9. NickPeters (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I gave u a thumb-up because I agree but also... having a unique device named "Nexus" isn't that bad either way. It stands out from the "crowd". With Samsung Galaxy S4 having a stock Android, it isn't just made by Samsung-it IS a Samsung's device! With Nexus is a slightly different thing. Although it must be built by some other company like Samsung, HTC, LG, Asus,... it IS a Google device. So the branding is somewhat different in those two situations and having both of the two versions of the phones/brands is a good thing for Google.
11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't expect Nexus to go away, because there is still a need for a developer/hardware reference device for Android, which has always been the main aim of Nexus.
19. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Adding 'Google' Edition takes the best phones from the best manufacturers and put the name Google on it is a brilliant move IMO. I love my GNex but it doesn't tell most of the world what it is. This way Sammy gets to keep making some of the best phones around and now Google is associated with it more directly.. which is great for the average consumer and brand awareness
36. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Can we get some inexpensive Google Edition devices? Not everybody has 600$ to throw on a smartphone.
I hope they make Google Edition of inexpensive good phones like Micromax Canvas HD, ZTE Grand S etc.
6. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 229; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Im seeing a pattern here.
By the looks of it, Google will be realeasing the Moto X Google Edition to compete with the iPhone 5S in September. Good times.
7. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
But this idea would kill all the OEM's great effort they put in their respective software division and they would exist as just mere hardware suppliers.
10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't think so, if anything it highlights the work the software divisions do. Just look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. If you like the hardware, GE is a good option, but if you want all of the features Samsung built-in, like hover controls, eye controls, and the crap-ton (technical term) of photo options, you get the Samsung version. Same with the HTC One and the Zoe camera features.
Besides, not many people go for paying full price for an unlocked device, and I would highly doubt we're going to see any Google Edition devices sold directly through carriers.
14. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I thumbed you up just for the highly technical term "crap-ton", usage of which extends well outside of consumer electronics.
To your point about carrier support though, I wish there were a way for Verizon and Sprint customers to enjoy a Google Experience. I know it's not likely so long as they use CDMA for voice, but that effectively locks more than half the US out of the equation.
20. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Soon enough, CDMA will be depreciated, and at least Verizon will be able to handle LTE-only devices, which should help that issue.
25. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Until then, I guess we CDMA folk will have to hope future Motorolae are so close to stock that it makes little difference. Unfortunately that still means waiting for carrier approval of updates, which frustrates me to no end.
8. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
yes they should stop that nexus exclusiveness every year and let all company make a nexus version of their flagship. (lol aosp will be congested too for sure when new version of android comes)
12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5484; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Oh yeah just what I've been waiting for!
15. Shatter (Posts: 1755; Member since: 29 May 2013)
The one problem with this is the main reason for getting a nexus 4 was the price was only $300/$350.
These phones cost just as much as their flagship version and lose all the software features that make it unique.
16. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Selling it at a Nexus price point would completely kill their market profit wise for the manufacturers and carriers. Because of that it doesn't make sense for Google Editions to be priced lower. Also, being exclusive "Google Editions" makes them very unique in the sense that you can't just pick them up from your local dealer.
18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 596; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Sorry, but the main reason for getting a Nexus was the software updates, not the price. By that logic there was no reason to get the Galaxy Nexus when it first came out?
26. Shatter (Posts: 1755; Member since: 29 May 2013)
If you have a decently popular device and the hardware isn't complete crap your pretty much guaranteed updates through 3rd party development.
22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 926; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Id like for the Note II to be considered for the "Google Edition", but i doubt that
29. timeformiles (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I would like to see the Note 3 Come to "Google Edition" before i decide to get it once it arrives T-Mobile. Cause what really got me was the S4 launch and then soon right after S4 Google Edition came out. So im gonna wait to see like a month of 2 after Note Series comes out.
23. jamil_m7 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
there was a rumor before the nexus 4 that google is going to be releasing nexus devices using samsung htc and sony's hardware I guess this is the real thing xD
24. khaldoon (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 May 2013)
This is actually cool but the fact that it will only be released to the US makes me really angry !!!
28. gundamexia450 (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
If this does happen, Im going to be the first one to buy it. so awesome
30. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
Hopefully Google is ready now, but we will see. So far the AOSP launcher has been ... well.... bland to say the least. If Google can snazz it up a little , it might spell the death nell to Cyanogen Mods and such, but if its still featureless, it'll be a flop. Question is, how will Google balance the hit the third party developers take in their app market if they get all the pop features in the next version of ANdroid.?
31. ashisharbola (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
7-8 months ago there is a news regarding several google nexus device from different manufactures maybe this is a thing. First Samsung S4 then HTC one now Sony and after that it will be LG .
33. Taters (Posts: 2144; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Xperia Z still has a lot of Sony stuff like WiFi direct with Sony TV and speakers. Not to mention all the cyber shot software in the camera. It will be a smoother transition because of the on screen buttons but there is still going to be a lot of changes to core firmware.
34. Mobilephile (Posts: 65; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
In the headline I thought I read Xperia Z Tablet for some reason....now that would be something! Premium hardware with premium software
35. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 522; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Now we must compare stock android devices (without any OEM skin/bloatwares) and see the performance. I'm sure stock android devices (Galaxy S4, HTC One & Xperia Z with stock android) would beat iPhones.. Great move by Google. They are firing all guns to wipe out non-android competition.
37. discoshrew (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
The two biggest barriers with the Google Editions are that they wont come in CDMA (so Spring and Verizon get left out), and the price point since there are no carrier subsidies.
On a more personal level, I wish they would offer a smaller phone, like the S4 mini or upcoming One mini, as a Google Edition. I'm so sick of all these gigantic phones (its bad enough the smaller ones have crappier specs too). Hopefully the Moto X rumors about it begin more compact and stock-like will be true...
38. Scorpion (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
Hey Google, how about you release the official Android launcher+apps like contacts and camera, in the Play store? Or maybe every OEM will have to give users a choise between clean and customized UI? Android equalls choise and all that?