This is Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition

At this point, we've already seen the newest and sweetest version of Google's platform run on the hottest Samsung devices flagships from the past year or so. Yet, a notable device has been omitted - every purist's dream, the Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which runs stock and unaltered Android...
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45 Comments

1. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Why is the app drawer like it was on Jelly Bean?

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its the default Google home launcher. Google Now is different.

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

It actually is the AOSP Launcher. No Google there.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Uhh, how do we know its from a S4? It could be any devices' screen shot. Version, Model no, kernel name and anything in the About page can be rigged in the build.props file. The source could put up any watermark on an image. Come on, how de we know its the real deal?

30. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Picture 22 is not sufficient? :)

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just as I said, anything in the ABOUT page can be edited and renamed using a build.props editor.

38. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

well, you can doubt anything. you're one of these drama people who always believe there are conspiracies. we all know the GS4 gpe will get the 5.0 update and we all know this is what it will look like.

43. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well I cant blame you falling for Sammys dirty little tricks and "conspiracies".

45. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol, it seems that you fell for those not me. you're talking conspiracies and drama, I'm saying that a 2013 gpe phone would eventually easily get 5.0

44. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I don't find the point about why you would not agree that this particular ROM update is for the GS4 GPE. And why would Phonearena duplicate the build.props just to show off Sammy?

4. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Still I like the rich options TW. My humble opinion (don't punish me).

5. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Your most entitled to it. Everyone knows TW is the most advanced mobile UI in the spectrum. I love all OS's and skins. But i would lying if i said Touchwiz hasnt spoiled me. People hating TW is the new "thing" to do.

6. Firenze91

Posts: 204; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I second that..... I have never understood people's hatred towards TW....Especially the so called "geeks" who prefer Android Vanilla...I mean really???? How can someone choose the boring "pure android experience" to the awesome rich samsung experience?

10. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Name everything that is so great about touch wiz. Cause all samsung is known for is how much crap you dont use with it.

39. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Everybody finds some stuff to use in touchwiz, i personally use multi window and air view on an hourly basis .. not to mention other stuff I use too .. I would still chose touchwiz over your pure android-not-that-better-than-ios

7. Firenze91

Posts: 204; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I second that..... I have never understood people's hatred towards TW....Especially the so called "geeks" who prefer Android Vanilla...I mean really???? How can someone choose the boring "pure android experience" to the awesome rich samsung experience?

8. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I'm sorry but it is not the most advanced mobile UI. Hating touchwiz is not the "new thing". Anytime mass amounts of people dislike something then its just a fad? Touchwiz gets so much hate because its generally crap. Its slow, bloated, and has half baked features.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yet Samsung phones still sells more than any other Android OEM. Clearly, the "mass amounts of people" you are referring to don't amount to all that much. You can't base your judgments on what a bunch of people on tech websites are saying. We are the minority of the buying public.

11. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

The only reason is because of Samsungs massive marketing budget. The First couple of Galaxy S were decent but they haven't changed much. Look at every review out there. Every review mentions how ugly, bloated, and cheap the S line is. Just look at all the comments on every other tech site about Samsung and the S line, they all criticize them. Its crap. Plain and simple.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not every website says that & it's just an opinion like anything else. Besides, if the S-line is so bad, why is it consistently one of the highest rated phones every year? For instance, name 5 phones from other OEMs that were rated higher than the S5 this year on this site. Name 5 phones from 2013 that were rated higher than the S4. You can't. Get over your silly hatred. No one cares.

22. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Yes, basically every review mentions the Boeing design, ungly UI, and sluggish UI. Just because they say that doesn't mean its a bad phone. It still gets great reviews because its a descent phone. I don't want to use this site as a reference of the popularity and like of Samsung and its phones. This is the only site where there are an abundant amount of Samsung fanboys. Go to droid life, the verge, or any other site and you will find that most people don't like Samsung. For good reason too.

23. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Also, the G2 and the HTC One were better than the S4 last year.

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's your opinion, dude. I disagree.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Galaxy S line hasn't been relevant since the S3.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

Right & just like I said before, people who frequent tech websites make up a very small percentage of the worlwide population. Most people don't care about any of those things.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Check the reviews of the Note 4.

13. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Multi Window SPen in conjuction with SNote, Scrapbook, Action Memo and AirView Screen Modes Floating Video out of the box. A video player out of the box A file manager out of the box. Tons of audio and video codecs out of the box One Handed Operation Motions and Gestures that some call gimmicks Phones that always usually have microSD and removable battery UPSM S Health for better or worse. And I'm just talking about TW in general. Don't get me started with the phones themselves. Like my Note 4. Nothing makes up for not being there. Not even replacement apps. Because they're not the same. Sooner or later you've got tons of apps on your phone trying to replicate the TW experience. I can lag every once in a while but compared to what? Phones that aren't as advanced.

24. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I'm sorry but my G3 comes with all of that and my M7 came with the majority of those features to. Multi window isnt revolutionary or that useful on such a small screen. %90 of touchwizs "features" are half assed thrown against the wall to see if it sticks crap.

29. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 726; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Definitely not true. First off it depends what we're talking about here. G3 is great and it's great that it works for you. Multi Window IS REVOLUTIONARY. Don't fool yourself by saying it's not useful on a small screen. Your one user. Sure you speak for the masses right? I'm not a blind fan boy or something. I see all the things smartphones are good at and I acknowledge them. BUT G3s implementation of MW is not better than N4. Its not. Period. This is experience I have with N2,N3,N4,G2,G3, and M8. 90‰?Half assed? Crap sticking? Are you serious. Give it a rest. Samsung phones are fantastic. Only techies who love stock, can't stand tw. And again you can like whatever you want. But bottom line, sales, Reviews, AND CUSTOMER FEEDBACK prove me right, that's all...

32. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Multiwindow is not revolutionary. I dont even have to search, I remember Lg coming out with a phone years ago that had multiwindow for certain apps like the email app or messaging app. I thing it was the chocolate lb40 or something like that. Sales mean nothing. Just because it sells well doesnt make it a good phone. Justin bieber is loved by millions, does that make him a good singer? Reviews always critisize the quality of the construction, design, performance, and the attractiveness of the UI. I just searched youtube for S5 reviews and they all said the same stuff over and over. Also, l looked at the comments and everyone is talking bad about the phone. Just look at the user comments on all the reviews on different sites.
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