Samsung Galaxy S4- Standard or Google Play Edition?
Samsung and Google also combined to make the Galaxy S4 choice even more compelling for Android smartphone fans. It was announced during May’s Google I/O conference that Google Play would offer an unlocked version that strips away all of Samsung’s user interface element, leaving the owner with an extremely powerful smartphone running pure Android.
This remains a top choice device for Android smartphone purists, although CNET’s Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 review points out that by removing Samsung’s software the camera functionality loses some features while multi-window capability, Air View and Air Gesture controls are also gone. Then there’s the fact that you can’t get a carrier subsidy on this version — it’s a straight $649, unlocked, from Google Play.
The good news: If you opt for the Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4, you’re going to get the newest version of Android –4.4 (KitKat)– now, rather than at some point in the future.