Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition is teased on Google Play website


While we are pondering the future of Android, and in particular, the fate of Google’s Nexus line of devices, things are still business as usual in the Google Play Store.

There is one little interesting tidbit though, when browsing through the choices of Google Play edition smartphones, one thing stands out amongst the Sony and the HTCs, and the Motorola, and the LG G Pad. That is the Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S4 Google Play edition has been available for some time now, but all it takes is a quick look to see that the rendered image is not a Galaxy S4, but in fact, a Galaxy S5. Selecting that option then shows all the specs and images of the S4 again, but the store front, for now at least, is teasing a Galaxy S5 Google Play edition.

Assuming that the thumbnail image is there on purpose, it stands to reason that we could expect a Google Play edition Galaxy S5 pretty soon. We do not know how well the Google Play edition devices are selling, but seeing as how there has been little, or no mention of it from Samsung, and it appears that Samsung and HTC are not going to be joining rumored Android Silver Certification program, we wonder if Samsung is making its presence here solely to compete with HTC who made a point of announcing there would be (and is) a Google Play edition of the HTC One (M8).

We will keep an eye on the Google Play store to see what develops. Have you been holding out for Samsung’s latest in pure Android fashion?

sources: Google Play via Android Authority

UPDATE
: Sometime between our article going up, and now, Google Play changed everything back to the Galaxy S4...we can dream.

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9 Comments

1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

If there is a GPe GS5, I want a black or blue one. The soft touch is a much nicer feel than the hard plastic on white devices.

7. papss unregistered

Wait so the white S5 in white is hard while the black is soft? Kind of like the note 3?

2. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So will the finger and heartbeat sensor useful anymore?

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They should still work. All they need is some apps to take advantage of those S5 sensor.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Like HTC did with the M8.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

is Modaco Switch still being supported. i would like to be able to switch to a GPe mode on my S5. o:

4. jckceric

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

they changed it back

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

With locked down phones on the two major US carriers, if Samsung doesn't make available a Developer's Edition or GPE, they are really sending a clear message: "We don't want developers, power users, or libertarians. All we want is iPhone users."

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google is rumored to have a Silver line coming in the near future, which Google will limit the number of manufacturer apps allowed. They will require greater control over the hardware. Not saying these devices won't have unlocked bootloaders, but Google is, and has been, locking down Android over the last few years. No more apps on the SD card (even when a phone is equipped with a SD card slot). Root permissions had to change with 4.3, due to the multi-user accounts.

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