If you were one of the brave souls who purchased the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, hearing that 4.4 has been rolling out to other devices might have been a bit concerning. You can breathe easier today, the stock Android device that was promised “timely updates” is getting its update to the latest version of Android today. (more…)
When Google announced their two Google Play Edition devices, the HTC One and Galaxy S4, they told us to expect timely updates. People questioned them because the updates potentially needed an extra set of eyes or two before being released, but Google said to us directly that they would be working “very closely” with both HTC and Samsung to make things happen. So far, they have delivered on that promise. Android 4.3 showed up within a week of being announced. Today, we’re less than a month out from the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and the HTC One GPE is already seeing the update. (more…)
HTC took to its official Twitter account this afternoon, announcing that they have delivered the Kit Kat update code for the One Google Play Edition to Google, and are now only awaiting Google to push the update to users. And if we know Google, that shouldn’t take too long at all. On top of Android 4.4 for GPE One owners, HTC states that they are still on track to have Kit Kat on all SIM unlocked and Developer Editions of the One by the end of November. (more…)
On the day that the Moto X was finally unveiled, reports immediately surfaced suggesting that there would be a Google Play Edition of Motorola’s new flagship. We’re talking about the full-stock Android experience, sold directly through Google Play, with timely updates, just like we saw with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One GPEs. But is that still happening? According to Leo Laporte who spoke with Motorola’s Guy Kawasaki, that may not be the case after all. (more…)
It feels like it has been a while since we last handed out a mega-prize. Well, I take that back – we just gave away two brand new Nexus 7 tablets a couple of weeks ago. But you know what, it’s going to be a slow week in terms of Android news, so we figured we’d spend the time rewarding readers. How does a brand new, un-opened HTC One Google Play Edition sound? Yes, this is the bad boy running stock Android, receiving updates in a hurry (already on Android 4.3), and still manages to carry all of the best parts of HTC’s flagship hardware. We unboxed it and did an over view here. It’s an easy device to love, that’s for sure.
Let’s do it. (more…)
Over the weekend, owners of Google Play Edition of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 started seeing Android 4.3 hit their devices, only about a week after the newest version of the OS was announced. Android 4.3 (still Jelly Bean) didn’t bring too much in terms of features, but did pack in Bluetooth Smart, autocomplete for the dialer and a virtual surround sound driver for compatible devices.
If you own one of these devices and have yet to update, what are you waiting for? Head into Settings > about phone > system update and grab Android 4.3.
According to The Verge, a Google Play Edition of the new Moto X device will go on sale sometime “soon” from Google. For sale directly through Google Play, there is no word on how much the device will cost exactly, but it is said that only a 16GB version of the phone will be available for sale. The GPE devices, such as the One and Galaxy S4, feature vanilla Android and receive updates much more quickly than their carrier-based siblings. No skins to worry about and no bloatware installed on the devices. (more…)