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Reminder: Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Editions Ship Today!

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If you pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One Google Play Editions, then your orders should have shipped this morning – ours did. And actually, we chose 2-day shipping, but UPS is showing that they arrive tomorrow. So if you did pre-order and upgraded the shipping, there is a chance you’ll have them in one day.

For those who had yet to decide or were holding out for more info, we’ll have that for you shortly. In the mean time, be sure to check out our first impressions of the HTC One Google Play Edition, which we received over the weekend.

Anyone order either device? 

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Here is our hands-on of the One GPE from this weekend:

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  • joewashu

    I used free shipping and I got mine today

    • Alex Vainshtein

      Android 4.3 or 4.2.2?

      • joewashu

        4.2.2

  • abqnm

    I ordered one, but they didn’t accept “free” as a payment method, so they told me to come here for support. If anyone can find me somewhere with an S4 or One GPE that will sell me one with the “free” payment method, let me know.

  • CT

    I pre-ordered over weekend when it said shipping July 09, but today it states shipping July 10.

  • n900mixalot

    And Samsung and HTC laugh all of the way to the bank.

    Still not seeing the point of these two devices … suckers, er, buyers are still paying for hardware that is best used with the manufacturers’ software …

  • JMonkeYJ

    that’s awesome that DL got both these phones….but i have to say it makes me wonder why you didn’t cough up the measly $1500 to be Glass Explorers….??

  • Malik

    hey Kellen, what’s the wallpaper?

  • Elliot Kotis

    Wallpaper anyone?

  • Kevin McDole

    Just bought my HTC One for $24.99.

  • jbdan

    Wallpaper give me plz K ^_^

  • ohNOOOOOOOO

    #toomuchmoney

    • Joe Mama

      not twitter

  • Butters619

    No tax. You lucky bastard.

  • ddevito

    This year’s quickly turning out to be a dud for Android

    • J Davis

      Whats not to like about these phones? Seriously not trolling. All I can come up with is not being on Verizon or I would have one if not both

      • ddevito

        $$$$$ to start.

        They’re not supported by Google (no factory images, no binaries, no updates).I don’t see the point of these “Play eadition” phones – when HTC sells you the same phone with a $25 play store credit – who would buy this one?

    • Butters619

      (Serious question also): Why do you say that?

      This year we got 1080p screens and full day batteries. (The iPhone 5 doesn’t even make it a full day). We also saw better cameras across all manufacturers.

      Plus we got Google Play Editions of major handsets so we can have the stock version of major phones like people have dreamed of. Not only that, the GPEs give us tested and working stock Android drivers for major handsets which greatly helps the dev/flashing community.

      • ddevito

        so…..

        paying $650 for a phone is somehow revolutionary and the answer to all your wishes? No one likes stock phones better than me, I can assure you, but paying this price for any phone is a foolish mistake.

        Not to mention these aren’t new phones. They both have serious flaws. They also aren’t officially supported by Google. So I ask you, what is the point in these phones?

        • Butters619

          No, but you are looking at this very shortsighted.

          How long does it take CM to get a stock ROM running stable on a phone after a new version of Android is released? Months. It’s hard work to piece together drivers to get the ROM to work. Now you will be able to get a stock ROM port within days of a new Android release. Oh 4.3 came out. Week 1 it is on the GEDs. Week 2 it will be ported and running on the GSM non-GED phones. That kind of turn around would never in a million years happen without these devices.

          The awesomeness about GEDs isn’t that you can pay for an overpriced stock experience. The awesomeness is that we now have working and tested stock drivers for top tier devices from Day 1 of an Android release. Although as you pointed out before, they aren’t exactly like Nexus devices where we get everything.

          • ddevito

            Yeah, and when Android 5 is released, how quickly do you think HTC will update the One? Months? HA, if you’re lucky. 4.3 is launching with these phones, but that doesn’t mean 5.0 will roll out to these phones quickly. Remember these aren’t Google supported.

            Sammy will prob be a lot quicker than HTC, I’ll say that

          • Butters619

            That will be what’s interesting to see about GDEs. If it’s just one release and they fall off to the side like normal software releases then yes it will be a pointless endeavor.

          • ddevito

            Time will tell.

    • ToddAwesome

      Perhaps it’s just becoming more difficult to “wow” you?

      • ddevito

        Perhaps, but when you can get the same phones unlocked for the same price – what exactly is Google’s grand scheme here?

        No official support from Google either – when has HTC had a good track record updating their phones?

    • MotoRulz

      After that you lose the use of the internets for a complete day. Please turn your Gnex off and place it on your desk and ponder your comment..

      • ddevito

        At least my GNex (somewhat) is (or was) supported by Google. Not to mention I didn’t get suckered into paying full price for one.

        The bets features of these phones are stripped away, so please tell me what the point of the Play edition program is???

        • MotoRulz

          Since when has Sense, Touchwiz or the gimmicks they include been considered a best feature? Isn’t the best feature of any Android phone the pure vanilla experience? Has that now changed and I didn’t get the memo?

          • ddevito

            The One’s best feature is its camera + software.

          • JMonkeYJ

            i’ve been using a GE ROM on my HTC One since it came out and the camera is still excellent. there’s no Zoe, but i never used that feature, so i don’t miss it.

  • BRIM

    So the One is 32GB, right? So is the S4 only 16GB? If so, the One is a GREAT price.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The VERIZON HTC ONE said…… Whaaaaaaaat?

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Nah, sorry…I’m on a big boy network aka Verizon. Ya’ll have fun on your 3g.

    • JoshGroff

      AT&T has LTE, T-Mobile started rolling out LTE, and HSPA+ is a lot faster than you’re giving it credit for.

    • Butters619

      T-Mobile doesn’t have anywhere near the coverage of Verizon, but their 42Mbps HSPA+ will kick Verizon LTE ass.

      • JoshGroff

        Depends where you are, Verizon is about 3 times as fast where I live. (Still, 10-15mbps average is no slouch by any means)

        • Butters619

          Yeah it definitely depends where you live, but if you live/work in a T-Mo 42Mbps HSPA+ zone, their speed crushes.

          • JoshGroff

            I bet, that puts it on par with what I get on Verizon currently. (30-40-ish) Waiting on the Note 3 or Xphone and letting my etf drop some more. Hopefully they’ll roll out some 42mbps or LTE here by then, that’d be icing on the cake.

  • http://startwithtypewriters.com j. kirk.

    i did! mine arrives tomorrow too! can’t wait for my htc one.

  • me

    What’s the difference between the Verizon GS4 and the Nexus GS4 other than the cellular radio?

    I want to know if I buy the Verizon GS4 how close the ROMs will be compared to the Nexus GS4.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Google Play Edition runs stock Android, that’s about the only difference. It also doesn’t work on Verizon, only AT&T and T-Mobile.

  • DiegoKokomo

    I got free shipping and it’s still supposed to be here tomorrow.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Damn, that’s legit. Now I feel like a chump hah.

      • DiegoKokomo

        It’s UPS so I’m not really confident they’ll back it up yet. Started in Louisville and heading to Austin fwiw.

      • DiegoKokomo

        Oh, and I had to pay tax so you got the better end of the deal.

  • David Weinstock

    hells yeah i bought a s4 as long as i have a nexus experience im happy.