At Google I/O this year, techies like us here at iTechTriad had our jaws on the floor when Hugo Barra pulled out a Galaxy S4 and announced a “Google Edition” to the phone. But why would Google and Samsung do this? I’m going to try and explain why.
First off, they are not doing this for money. Google will make no money on this and Samsung gets no monetary benefit either. Another reason why it makes no sense for Samsung to do this is that one of the main selling points of the S4 is the (many) features. But a “Google Edition” phone is basically a Nexus packed into a flagship phone, so there is no bloatware. So you would think, the phone will be sold by Google, tons of the features are taken out, Samsung doesn’t have as much cost to produce the phone, it’ll be cheaper right? WRONG. This phone costs $599!!
Not long after the “Google Edition” S4 was annouced, an HTC employee tweeted, “You could pay $599 for a piece of plastic running stock, or, you could wait… 🙂 “. At the end of May HTC officially released the HTC One “Google Edition”. This is basically the iPhone of Android. Running pure Android 4.2.2 in an all metal body, there’s not much better out there. But again came the price. The “Google Edition” HTC One’s pricing was to be the same as the S4, $599.
So what’s the point? In my opinion, a “Google Edition” phone serves two purposes. Google trying to give stock Android a bigger share in the phone market and big manufacturers giving in to their customers. Many Android users complain about the amount of space that manufacturer bloatware takes up. They also don’t like certain parts of the changes either. Many have tried stock Android and loved it. So that’s why a lot have asked for exactly this, and they have obviously been heard.
But is this all we will see of the “Google Edition” phone? I say no. My guess, over the next few months more phones will be released in this same manner. Which phones you may ask. Here’s my guesses.
– Sony Xperia Z
– Samsung Galaxy Note II
– LG Optimus G Pro
Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One “Google Edition” phones will run pure Android 4.2.2 at release and Google will manage the software updates. They will both be available in the Play Store June 26.
Are you going to buy one? Let me know in the comments to the side!