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Is this a leak of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition?

Spot what looks like the Galaxy S5 in the upper right corner and close to the middle

Spot what looks like the Galaxy S5 in the upper right corner and close to the middle


Google has made its new Android ‘L’ release official, but we are yet to hear what the full name and number of this next version will be when it ships this fall. While Google has not unveiled the full veil of mystery from this ‘L’ release, it might have actually spilled the beans a little too early for something else - something that could be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition.

On the official Android website, you can see a device that looks much like the Galaxy S5, but instead of running the Samsung TouchWiz custom user interface, it comes with what looks like Android 4.4 KitKat. Strangely enough, it’s not running on the ‘L’ release - you can tell this easily, just look at the old navigation buttons that it features rather than the new triangle-circle-square setup.

On our part, we'd certainly love to see the Samsung Galaxy S5, one of the most popular smartphones nowadays, run on stock Android. What about you?

Update: As some of you rightfully noticed, the combination of hardware buttons AND virtual, on-screen keys is absurd, so this might as well be a screw-up by Google. Or could we really see a new S5 GPE with both on-screen and physical keys?

Xie xie, Jun Jie!
source: Android

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posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:52

1. ThePython (Posts: 242; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Cool montage with all GPE phones.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 14:54 3

2. galanoth (Posts: 312; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Hardware buttons and a Nav bar?!

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:09 1

4. Luuthian (Posts: 210; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Was thinking the same thing. Maybe it's just an unfortunate Photoshop?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:10

12. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i was hoping it was a mistake, they should just leave the home button and capacitive keys, screw the on screen keys

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:09

3. Canaan (Posts: 111; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Will the carriers offer these Google Play editions?

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:15 1

7. av911 (Posts: 133; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Then, it wouldn't be called "Google Play edition".

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:19

8. Canaan (Posts: 111; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Then I'll wait for the Nexus 6 (hoping it doesn't come with 5.5 inch screen), I'm not paying $699 upfront for a GPE phone.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 18:11

13. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


then buy a nexus 5

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 19:45

14. Canaan (Posts: 111; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I currently have a Nexus 4 and plan to upgrade in the fall; I would like to have a phone with the most up to date hardware. I'm not sure if I'd like android phones from Samsung, LG, Sony or HTC as they take a long time to update their software (for non-GPE phones). For that reason I like the Nexus line, but I don't like phablets which is what the Nexus 6 is rumored to be.

I'll probably end up getting an IPhone 6 or Microsoft Lumia McLaren if I can't find an android phone that I like.

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 21:14

15. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


get whatever phone is newest then, root it, flash CM and enjoy pretty quick updates

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:10

5. bkzebraphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


I just don't get it whenever the S5 GPE "appears", it has it's hardware buttons as well as on screen nav buttons. Wtf

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:13

6. jmill75 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)


Victor - why would it run on an OS that doesn't come out until the fall? jeesh

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 15:23

9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 999; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I'd like to see the Note 3 as a "Google Play Edition" smartphone

posted on 25 Jun 2014, 17:24 1

11. wilsong17 (Posts: 865; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I wait for the note 4.. but I'd how all the spen software will work with stock

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 01:30

16. borbasdaniel (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


under the left Galaxy S5 GPE is a Nexus 5 in a new color? or a new Nexus? or somenthing like that?

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