If you decided to take a more pure Android experience this year and went for one of the Google Edition flagships by either Android or HTC, you’ll be glad to know that without the added user interface overlays, the middleman for software updates have been cut out, which means your Google Edition flagships will receive updates much faster than the standard HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.
In fact, both Samsung and HTC have recently announced that their Google Edition flagships have just received the go-ahead to release the new Android 4.4 Kitkat update.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition smartphone received the update on November 25th, and it has started to roll out on that date.
The HTC One Google Edition smartphone on the other hand received the update a few days before the Galaxy S4, which means it’s likely that if you do not yet have the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat update on your stock OS HTC One, you’re likely to receive it very soon.
If you haven’t yet received the Android 4.4 Kitkat update on the Galaxy S4, it’s likely it won’t take long before the update is rolled out to you either.
The release of both the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 Google Edition flagships marked the first time that manufacturers teamed up with Google to re-release their smartphone with stock software.
Despite very minimal sales compared to the sale of the original handsets, a niche audience that prefers the stock experience over HTC Sense UI and Samsung’s TouchWiz UX has been pleased, although now that the Nexus 5 has been released, there is little reason not to dive for the full Nexus experience instead.
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