Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Already Getting Android 4.4.3 (Updated: M7 and M8 Too)

According to at least one proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, Google has already started rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the device. As you can see in both screenshots above, the update weighs in at a solid 156.2MB.

As we noted yesterday, stock Android 4.4.3 includes a newly skinned dialer, along with a slightly improved People app. The rest of the update is mostly behind-the-scenes bug fixes.

HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPE owners, seeing anything?

Update:  HTC One (M7) GPE is receiving it as well! (more…)

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition Appears to be Arriving Any Minute Now

It appears as if a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 will be arriving at any moment now. Google changed out the picture on the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition with an image of the Galaxy S5, today, so we can only imagine the full listing will be updated shortly. If not, then Google has lost its mind – why else would they toss in a picture of the Galaxy S5?

We will keep an eye on it and let you know.  (more…)

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Price Slashed $200

Google just dropped the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition by $200, for those interested in the behemoth-of-a-phone. Normally priced at $649, the Z Ultra and its 6.4-inch display haven’t exactly been the most popular of GPE phones, at least if you consider the lack of buzz amongst our community. But hey, at $449, phablet lovers be on alert – you may have a deal in front of you.

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Video: Using Duo Camera, Motion Launch, BoomSound and More on the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition

After running through a quick unboxing of the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, we spent some extra time cruising around the software, seeing if Google or HTC had left any of HTC’s goodies behind in the stock build of Android 4.4.2. Actually, we really just wanted to figure out the Duo Camera and if it really worked, since Google is advertising it as working in its Google Play listing for the phone. Thankfully, it does. But there are other little leftovers as well that are worth noting.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition Unboxing and Quick Look

Last year, during Google I/O, Hugo Barra stood on stage to announce Google’s new Google Play Edition program of Android devices that would offer stock software experiences, with timely updates, on the same hardware sold through carriers with manufacturer skins. Samsung and HTC wound up having the first two entries, since their flagships at the time – the Galaxy S4 and HTC One (M7) – were still fairly new. Both were received with praise, even though they each carried premium prices.

Since HTC decided this year to make their new flagship, the HTC One (M8), available in as many different ways as possible, we once again have a Google Play Edition to check out.  (more…)

Google Play Edition of HTC One (M8) Available for Pre-order Today

HTC not only announced the new HTC One (M8) today, but they also confirmed our previous report that a Google Play Edition will be available as well. According to HTC’s press release for the new 2014 flagship, the Google Play Edition will be available for pre-order today and then available in the “coming weeks” on Google Play.

For those new to Google Play Editions, just understand that it’s the same hardware as the regular One (M8), except it’ll run stock Android 4.4.2. So all of HTC’s custom Sense software is removed in favor of a pure Android experience. I’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not.

Google will sell the device for $699 (ouch).

HTC One (2014) Hole-filled Flip Cases Show Up, Google Play Edition Hinted At

Thanks to @evleaks and his never-ending pursuit to leak all things “All New HTC One” or HTC One (2014), we are getting our first taste of the accessory line for the “M8.” He also mentioned the possibility of a new Google Play Edition of this 2014 HTC flagship.

In two images posted to his account yesterday, we are seeing a new flip-style case that comes in four colors:  black, red, green, and blue. The case stands out – or at least comes off as being unique – because of its hole-filled front sides. As you can see from the images, the holes are being used to show important information (like time and weather) with the case closed. We aren’t sure if the display will constantly show this information or if you’ll need to press the power button to see it. I’m not sure I see the point if the power button is required, though maybe this case can save battery life by only showing a minimal amount of display. It’s an interesting idea, I guess.  (more…)