The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One right now represents the best example of a top of the line Android smartphone. It is therefore least surprising Google zeroed in on these two for coming up with the respective Google Edition devices. What this entails is that the two smartphones will be stripped off their respective company specific user interface which in turn will also rob them off of several of their unique features. Further, what is expected of a Google Edition is that Google will be directly dealing with any subsequent software revisions and will reach the Google Edition devices before the respective devices from the company. All of this should paint a rosy picture for those who are eager to experience Android in its purest form on the Galaxy S4 as well the HTC One. However, that does not seem to be the case. Read on to find out why.
If the guys at Anandtech are to be believed, software updates for the two Google Edition devices may not be as prompt as is being made out. This since Google won’t be directly overseeing the updates in spite of them being sold directly via the Play Store. Instead, it is the respective manufacturers, .i.e. Samsung and HTC that would be overseeing the update process. While Google will be supplying the software updates to the manufacturers, it is the OEM that would be in charge of setting up everything to ensure the updates work flawlessly on the smartphones.
Both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are now on sale only in the US and are not likely to be bought in huge numbers. It is just this that is making many apprehensive if the Samsung and HTC will really care about dedicating enough resources in making sure the updates are made available to the two devices and on time. Both the devices are no on pre-orders with deliveries likely to commence from July 9th.