Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One now available

Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One now available
The hottest Android smartphones right now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, have just arrived on Google Play in their pure Google Editions, running on stock Android Jelly Bean without any skin on top of it.

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

Both will work fine on AT&T’s network, but if you want to make full use of T-Mobile’s network you’d better get the Galaxy S4 GE as it supports T-Mo’s full 3G/4G bands. The HTC One GE lacks T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS bands and only supports the 1900MHz frequencies available in select areas.

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. 
source: Google Play

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What's the difference between these phones and their non google edition counterpart?

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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 unregistered

No manufacturer overlays/skins & no carrier bloatware = timely updates. EDIT: I meant this as a reply to comment #1.

3. TMach unregistered

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: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 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: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Anyone buying? for me both are expensive!

9. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

i just got the just upset that it doesn't come in black and it takes up to July 9th to ship..really wtf

27. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@jove39 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: 16; Member since: Nov 28, 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?

30. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

they fixed it...

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 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 unregistered

It does have it. They omitted it by mistake.

37. tackhouse1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Any link to the confirmation? I was ready to pull the trigger on the GS4 GE but this was holding me back.

19. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

hmm nice s4 for me if it supports att lte.

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

The Verge has stated that both phones use the same processor as their "skinned" counterpart.

21. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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...

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