In case you all missed the crazy news from Google I/O today, Samsung and Google have teamed up and will be offering a GALAXY S 4 "Google Edition". What is that? A completely stock Google device from the folks at Samsung, and it will be as developer friendly as they come. However, in light of the news many are wondering about HTC. Here's what they had to say.
My first thought, after the excitement faded about a stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean GALAXY S 4, was if HTC would also do the same. We immediately reached out to our friends at HTC for comment, and sadly we didn't get good news back. Don't get your hopes up, because a GE or "Nexus edition" HTC One won't be coming anytime soon.
"HTC is not currently planning a 'Nexus Edition' of the HTC One." and that is all they had to say on the matter. HTC currently offers bootloader unlocked developer editions, but that is all. You'll still be covered in HTC Sense UI. When we first heard the rumor of a GALAXY S 4 GE, we thought it was all bs, but it turned out true. Google announced the device right on stage. Unlocked, developer friendly, stock pure Android, fast updates and more.
The device certainly isn't cheap though. Samsung's Google Edition GALAXY S 4 will be available from the Google Play Store with 16GB for $649. So you're certainly paying a premium for the device. If you were hoping to get that same experience across all that aluminum and Beats Audio front speakers from HTC. Sorry, it won't be happening. Or they have no plan to release one.
So here's the question. Do you get the $299 Nexus 4 from Google and LG, or get the $649 GALAXY S 4? That's a tough pill to swallow, but I'm sure a few will like the idea. Carry on folks.