Google Play Edition phones contain new Camera, live wallpaper, and boot animation

June 26, 2013
    If you thought the version of Android installed on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One would be identical to AOSP, think again.

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    If you thought the version of Android installed on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One would be identical to AOSP, think again. Reviewers at some media outlets able to get their hands on test units noted a few, relatively minor differences between stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the software pre-installed on the Google Play Edition phones. Though not much more than subtle UI enhancements, the incongruities are worth a quick look.

    Camera

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    Perhaps the most obvious change is the camera app. Though lacking in new functionality, the Google Play Edition APK features an improved user interface. The new design allows for easier selection of options that could, more often than not, be obscured by users’ thumbs.

    It’s unclear why Google decided to update Camera in Google Play Edition phones. Some speculate the move may herald the separation of yet another core app from the Android operating system; Google could choose to make Camera available through Google Play, allowing users with smartphones no longer supported by manufactures to continue to receive updates.

    Wallpaper

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     Google Play Edition phones come with a new default background: a red-themed Phase Beam live wallpaper. It’s possible we’ll see this in the next Nexus.

    Boot Animation

    Google’s made a unique boot animation for Google Play Edition phones. It’s the iOS Google+ app’s refresh animation, and does a good job of differentiating the special HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 from their vanilla, Nexus, and rooted cousins.

    So, what does this all mean for AOSP? Nothing much, really. The camera app is more than likely either (1) going to be released in the Play store, or (2) coming in a future version of Android. Google hasn’t officially released the red Phase Beam wallpaper for download, but third parties have already made identical backgrounds. And boot animations have always differed from one phone to another. These differences are not cause for alarm – they just are. Android’s open. In time, every Nexus and Play Edition phone will be on equal footing, software-wise.

    Comments

    • Ryu

      I prefer the current Nexus boot animation…

      • Stranger from a far coast

        Cyanogenmod 10.1 boot animation tops all

        • asd

          nah

    • Stranger from a far coast

      Sun Beam live wallpaper – xda-developers

      [bootanimation] Google Edition Boot Animation – xda-developers

      To anyone interested in using the live wall or boot animation on their devices.

    • Stranger from a far coast

      [2] To anyone interested in using the live wall or boot animation on their devices.

      [bootanimation] Google Edition Boot Animation – xda-developers
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2340220

      Sun Beam live wallpaper – xda-developers
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2340349

      • MasterMuffin

        Thaanks, now all we have to wait for is the camera :)

    • deepen03

      TouchWiz on the GS4 is WAY better than this stripped down crap.

      • SeraZR™

        Haters gonna hate…..Better than bloated touchwhiz with funky “cartoonistic” UI xD xD

      • Erusha Tiranagama

        funny, cos most reviewers have said otherwise regarding speed and snappiness of the UI.

        • deepen03

          I have no issues on the S4 after the first AT&T firmware update.. and if you go into developer mode and disable animation transitions, it’s even snappier. The main reason for the innovation of the S4 is because of the new features like Air View, Air Gestures, Smart Scroll, Smart Stay, ETC. You might as well just buy a Nexus 4, if you want Stock Android, but you won’t get LTE then. I recommend the S4, Samsung Version to anyone who wants a new phone. It’s not bloated at all, once you disable a few things. I have had no issues so far.

        • deepen03

          I have no issues on the S4 after the first AT&T firmware update.. and if you go into developer mode and disable animation transitions, it’s even snappier. The main reason for the innovation of the S4 is because of the new features like Air View, Air Gestures, Smart Scroll, Smart Stay, ETC. You might as well just buy a Nexus 4, if you want Stock Android, but you won’t get LTE then. I recommend the S4, Samsung Version to anyone who wants a new phone. It’s not bloated at all, once you disable a few things. I have had no issues so far.

    • SeraZR™

      its just a freakin bootanimation…..no need get excited :D

      i have mine disabled..:P

    • Hey Bobby Fix Your Dial Up

      S4 Google edition makes sense. But the HTC One Google Experience makes no sense. Stock android is horribly too plain at this point. Google’s Camera app isn’t too great and pointless since it doesn’t have optimized software to take advantage of an Ultrapixel camera and the 13MP Camera(well maybe samsung’s camera). If they add the IR Blaster, maybe, then will it sort of make these phones worth it.

    • Talha Asghar

      s4 looks even hot!!!

    • xperiaion

      how do i install this rom on xperia ion?? plz tell all the steps with the download link

    • Cameron Spark

      Hope I’m not posting this after someone already has… but you can download the apk for the new camera app, seems to work really well on just about any device. It includes photosphere too! http://kiwi-phone.com/get-the-new-google-edition-camera-app-on-your-phone/

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