The arrival of the Google Play Editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One wasn’t without controversy. In this week’s Friday Debate, we talk about the Google Play Edition, and what they mean for the world of Android.
The One is a grand slam for HTC, and the Galaxy S4 is a healthy progression for Samsung’s feature lineup. What if those were Nexus devices?! The world wondered aloud, and looked crossly in the direction of LG’s subtle buzz generator.
Google has released the GPL licensed source code files for the Google Play Edition handsets, however the binary drivers or the factory firmware images aren’t being published. This has raised some interesting questions about how new versions of Android will be released for these phones.
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.
As expected, the big day has come! You can now get your hands on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 – directly from Google Play. Read on to learn more!