Pure Android Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One available for preorder

By Jos
Jun 27, 2013
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  1. Two of the leading, top-tier Android smartphones are now available for preorder as "Google Play” editions on the search giant’s online store. The beautifully designed HTC One is $599 and the Galaxy S4 $649. As explained last month, hardware-wise these...

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  2. insect

    insect TechSpot Booster Posts: 181   +45

    Good idea! Probably the future, but for now I'll just buy the subsidized versions and wait a week for the unlock and AOSP Roms to roll out (especially because CM10.1 just went to full release).

    For me, it seems silly that subsidized versions continue to come locked and with junkware on them... you've already locked me in for two years and are getting my money regardless of what's on the phone.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,828   +704

    For the past 10 years I've only bought out of contract pre paid phones. I've no desire to lock myself into a 2 year contract just to brag with the latest & greatest.
  4. Umm.. I just went to the Google Play Store and I don't see the Samsung or the HTC phone listed. Is it something that's only available to US customers?
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,018   +683

    Perhaps. I see them when I go to the Play store.

    When they say it doesn't have any of the manufacturer software on it, does that include the camera app and software? I have an HTC One and the camera software is great. The highlight videos are a selling point of the device. If you don't like Sense or Touchwiz (whatever it's called on Samsung's) you can just install a new launcher, but people will be pretty disappointed if they're expecting the cool camera features and they only get a generic Android camera.
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,917   +119 Staff Member

    Personally I would love to have the HTC One Dual-SIM version, sadly it is only sold in China so far :(
    It seems to become available in Russia though so hopefully the rest of Europe will have it soon!

    And yes I too would like less bloat on the phone, my current HTC One S is a joke when it comes to all the bundled crap on it :(
  7. Yup.. looks like it's for US customers only. I logged on the Play Store with a US proxy server and it showed both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. I'm disappointed to see it's not available to Canada but more disappointed to see the phone is WHITE! I was looking forward to Google releasing a plain android version of the S4 but not so much anymore.

    I suppose I could buy a black S4 and flash it with the Google S4 ROM.


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