Pre-Orders For Google Play Editions of HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 Are Available

Posted by at 1:29 pm on June 26, 2013

Google Galaxy S4Google is now accepting pre-orders for the “Google Play edition” versions of both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 through its online Play Store, with pricing set at $599 and $649, respectively. Orders of both devices are expected to ship “by July 9.”

The two phones come preloaded with vanilla Android Jelly Bean, meaning that they don’t feature the custom HTC and Samsung overlays that their regular counterparts do. While they’re not officially branded as “Nexus” phones, the phones will offer a Nexus user experience that includes timely Android software updates.

Other than the lack of custom manufacturer software, the Google Play editions HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 are fairly similar to the models that have been on sale for a while now. The HTC One comes with 32GB of built-in storage, while the Galaxy S 4 features 16GB of included memory along with a microSD card slot for additional space. Both devices work with AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks and are also SIM-unlocked and bootloader-unlockable.

To date, Google has offered four Nexus phones with stock Android and speedy updates, but many consumers still want the option of buying other high-end Android phones that run the plain version of Android. Now HTC, Samsung and Google are teaming up to offer just that.

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