Did the Galaxy S5 Google Play edition just sneak through Bluetooth certification?

An unannounced Samsung smartphone — the SM-G900FG — made its way through the Bluetooth SIG's certification process recently, and this might very well be a Google Play edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The current TouchWiz-ed Galaxy S5 is the SM-G900F, and last year's Galaxy S4 Google Play edition was the GT-I9505G (the standard Galaxy S4 being the GT-I9505), so it stands to reason that a Galaxy S5 with a model number appended with a G could very well be a Google Play edition as well.

The Google Play Edition phones come with as close to stock Android on them as is possible and are sold at full price through the Google Play Store. The Galaxy S4 Google Play edition is still available, though a few weeks back the image for it was replaced for a few hours with one of the Galaxy S5 (just the backside, though).

When HTC released the new HTC One M8, they also released an M8 Google Play edition. Unlike the previous Google Play devices, this one had some additional software libraries that took advantage of unique hardware features on the One M8, like the dual cameras on the back and the IR blaster up top.

It's likely that a Google Play edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 would include similar software additions on top of vanilla Android, perhaps offering support for the phone's integrated fingerprint scanner.

Does a Google Play edition Galaxy S5 appeal to those of you that opted not to get the Galaxy S5 laden with Samsung's interface and apps?

Source: Bluetooth SIG; Via: SamMobile

There are 19 comments

rgao007 says:

There better be a GPe ROM for standard S5s

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eszklar says:

^^Pretty much this.^^

Demodocus says:

This is exactly why I'm excited for this - cannot wait to convert it to a GPE device (assuming this is actually the GPE.) Do you think battery life would be better, worse, or the same once running a GPE rom?

DaydreamHero says:

There will definitely be a ROM, but the real question is:

Will we be able install it without tripping the Knox/warranty flag?

AzharB17 says:

Yeah i hate that Knox flag thing it was so annoying with the S4

scaots says:

Would be a good device, but the N5 suits me just fine. I really wish that the Note 4 will also come as a Google Play edition. That would be awesome. I am tempted by the Z Ultra, but the camera doesn't cut it and it might be a bit large for pants pockets.

TheMimic12 says:

With stock android, it wouldn't be much. There wouldn't be any of the s pen stuff at all.

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scaots says:

Not S pen, but since 4.0 Android does have API support for stylus including hover and button clicks. So there could be some good applications developed. Given that many current pen enabled apps may use Samsung API over stock, but I personally can't take any more Touch Wiz. Actually, I'm happy just to use the stylus for occasional basic sketch or writing and maybe taping around when my fingers are lazy.

TKL74 says:

If it's $700, it's pointless.

I don't follow your logic?


Dizfunctions says:

Why spend 700 when you can root and install a custom ROM?

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jeddo45 says:


Brought to you by the Nexus M8

BlueGoldAce says:

With the new carrier plans.....you spend 650+tax for the new ones one way or another. You either pay monthly for the phone, pay for it all upfront and have a cheaper plan, or use the 2 year contract and have a more expensive plan.

Plus, AT&T and Verizon S5 are locked down tight.....

TheDu9du says:

i honestly think this GPe versions are really useless.
I don't think Google is even spending much time in tailoring the ROM for these phones and for the price, it's a loose-loose scenario.

NoNexus says:

I do not really think that Google has anything to do with the ROM itself. This is just a stripped down version of Samsung software

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DaydreamHero says:

Have you seen the custom ROMs that have come out for the S5? They're WEAK. We need GPe as a base for better ROMs.

Ben Earl says:

Does anyone know if gpe editions are available in uk? Been looking for an s4 gpe but can't find one :-/

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CeluGeek says:

I find the idea of a GPE Galaxy S5 interesting. I'm seriously more excited about the Moto G 4G though and as for GPE devices, the One M8 still seems more appealing.

With the GPE One M8 having so many modifications to support custom hardware and the GS 5 most likely following the same trend if it's going to support the heart rate monitor and fingerprint reader, we'll have to see how this will impact the time it takes for them to get OS updates.

jsabo says:

I'm excited by this news-- I'd love to get the water resistance of the S5, but I don't want to be screwing around with rooting it or working around TouchWiz. I just need to convince myself that it's worth upgrading from my S4 GPE.