A newly leaked system dump of Android 4.3 for the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4 has hit XDA, reassuring buyers and the Android community that Samsung and Google are working together to ensure that as soon a new version of Android is released, these GPE devices will have it. (more…)
Currently under development, the MoDaCo ROM team is hard at work on SWITCH. The app, which is still in testing, would allow HTC One owners to easily “switch” between a Sense UI ROM and the Google Play Edition ROM. One moment you will be playing with BlinkFeed and Zoes, then the next you will have pure vanilla Android. It will be up to you on how a dual-booting device will benefit you in the long run. (more…)
Over the weekend, we took our first look at the HTC One Google Play Edition, promising that we’d do something similar with the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE once we had it. Well, the time has come, and the device is in house. As is typical when we receive most devices, we thought we’d do a quick unboxing and then get right down to the comparisons between the Google Play Edition and the regular TouchWiz’d Galaxy S4. (more…)
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? (more…)
We now have our first of the two Google Play Edition devices in house, so to give you all a quick overview, we thought a standard unboxing, hands-on, and initial impressions would be fitting. This is the HTC One Google Play Edition, which is now available for pre-order through Google Play for $599, with an expected ship date of July 9 (this Tuesday). We’ll take a look at the Galaxy S4 GPE as we have it, but for now, it’s all about the HTC One. (more…)
With the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition launching at the end of last week, it only makes sense that developers would do their best to bring ROMs from it to every variant of the device. The Verizon version of the GS4 is one of the first to receive the love, which isn’t all that surprising, but seeing as the GPE is a GSM phone, you can imagine that a bit of work went into making this work properly. (more…)
Well, Android 4.3 has now leaked, except not for a Nexus. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition is the beneficiary (along with the regular GS4 GT-I9505) this time around, receiving the newest version of Android before even Google had a chance to make it official. We were told by reliable sources to expect it on June 20, before learning the week of that the 20th was out and that no new date had been picked. We’re now approaching July and 4.3 is still evading us. Thing is, we’re not sure why as this leaked 4.3 build appears to be incredibly minor. (more…)
Owners of a rooted GSM HTC One that have been dying to get a complete taste of vanilla Android are in luck, as custom ROMs built off of the Google Play Edition HTC One are now popping up on the web. In short, this is a rooted and deodexed version of exactly what comes on the GPE HTC One devices found on Google Play. Thanks to system dumps, now everyone can get in on the fun. (more…)