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?

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source: Android

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Cool montage with all GPE phones.

2. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Hardware buttons and a Nav bar?!

4. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

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

12. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

3. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Will the carriers offer these Google Play editions?

7. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

8. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 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.

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

then buy a nexus 5

14. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 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.

15. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

5. bkzebraphone

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 12, 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

6. jmill75

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

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

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

11. wilsong17 unregistered

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

16. borbasdaniel

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 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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