Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One

HTC One runs $599, Samsung Galaxy S4 is $649

Today's the day, and now's the time. The Google Play edition — that's the official name, by the way — Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S4 and HTC One are now on sale directly from Google Play.

These are full-price devices, each upwards of $600, running "stock"-ish Android 4.2.2, which is the latest version of Android released. We say "stock"-ish because, well, "stock" Android means all sorts of things. Anyhoo. You get the Android experience in the purest sense of the word with these devices, and with a couple extra thrown in. (Namely, Beats Audio on the HTC One, and the Samsung flip cover clock on the Galaxy S4.)

The 32-gigabyte HTC One costs $599, and the 16-gigabyte Samsung Galaxy S4 runs $649. You can order both from the devices section at Google Play. And it's worth mentioning that Google Play has a pretty horrible track record when it comes to up-time during major device launches. So if your order starts to hiccup, hang tight, and be patient. It's also worth a reminder that these are U.S.-only for now.

While today is the official order day, Google says phones will ship by July 9, so we'll keep an eye for updates in our Google Wallet accounts. (Google has a habit of under-promising and over-delivering on that front, which is nice.)

We've got both devices already and are giving them the what-for. Check out our initial thoughts on the Google Play editions, and stay tuned for a more in-depth look.

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bmolloy says:

HTC One... Ordered. Ship date July 9th.

Thanks for the links guys, I still could not get there from the play store.

drewbyh says:

You're gonna love the phone. Tweak the power settings and it least for days and days on a single charge. I get 3 or 4 days out of mine(the carrier HTC One).

atrpm says:

Check your PMs sir!

planoman says:

Will wait on your review of the One.

drewbyh says:

Interesting. The S4 is using the S4 Pro instead of the Snapdragon 600.

micl9 says:

mistake? hopefully

Defaulty says:

I noticed this too, and boy have I been telling all of the YouTube commenters that are saying the S4 would be the better of the two ;D

Just noticed that as well. That is most definitely a typo.

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deadlock4400 says:

If the processor is written wrong for S4 then this is a great mistake. But if the processor is really s4 pro then Samsung should be blamed 100%. What the hell they are doing.... written mistake or product mistake !!!!

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betsuni says:

According to a comment in the review article, this is a typo and it is the 600.

tekhna says:

Fingers crossed one of these two phones has Verizon radios hidden in there somewhere.

ultravisitor says:

Um, good luck with that.

tekhna says:

Weirder things have happened, friend.

Pervbear says:

Not really buddy.

return_0 says:

Exactly, even finding a perverted bear is easier.

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Brian Koch says:

Got that right pal.

ConTejas says:

Like what? 100% guarenteed NOT to work on VZW or Sprint.

US only that's weak Google.

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brendilon says:

It's entirely possible that Google had to promise US only distribution at first in order to get Samsung and HTC to sign on. This is a new thing, and I can understand both companies wanting to be cautious at first to see how it goes before they commit to making more. That's just smart business.

Pervbear says:

Hahahahha what is it like in your 3rd world country?

shoii says:

It's quite sunny actually.

GS4 Love


Don't be a dick.

3rdpig says:

Probably better than it will be here after Obamacare kicks in and he goes to war on the coal industry.

S_C_B says:

Just ordered the S4!

Defaulty says:

Did you see under the spec list that it doesn't label gorilla glass 3 on the S4, but it labels it on the HTC one? Also that they gave the S4 the Snapdragon S4 pro instead of the 600.

betsuni says:

Says it in the description up near the top.

"Featuring a 5" Super AMOLED display and Gorilla ® Glass 3, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 brings you rich, vibrant colors on a durable, scratch-resistant screen, with an ultra-thin body that still fits in comfortably in the palm of your hand."

HTC is labeled as gorilla glass 2 just like any other HTC one. As for the CPU listing, I have high doubt's that that wasn't a typo...

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atrpm says:

Now... lets wait for those ROMs to come out so we can try it out on out "non-stock" devices!

so does the htc one shoot 4mp shots or did google do some optimization to make full use of the ultrapixel cam...

ultravisitor says:

How would they make a 4mp camera take pictures larger than 4mp? A 4mp sensor is a 4mp sensor.

i mean larger pixels... w/e... does it make use of only one of the 4mp sensors or all 3 or them...

atrpm says:

I'm sure he is reffering to taking better quality shots, specially at night... If you ever use and HTC One and take pictures with it you will know what he is talking about!

Kyle Willis1 says:

There's a difference between magapixels and ultrapixels.... HTC would never release a flagship phone with camera quality like that.

tr-1 says:

So when can we expect GS4 Google-ish ROM to be available for Verizon?

My guess is when Hell freezes over.

tr-1 says:

I mean a ROM from developers. If it's released from Google for ATT, can't it be tweaked for Verizon by the developer community?

Whoops. My bad.

Paul Warner says:

WCDMA and CDMA are like in TV terms PAL Vs NTSC completely incompatible. I can't see a CDMA version any where unless someone changes out the chipsets..

TheDu9du says:

Install cyanogenmod

TrowLinn says:

Just ordered the HTC One (GE). 3-5 day shipping is free. 2 day shipping = 11.99
Total with the 3-5 day shipping option, including tax is 652.91

Devices aren't visible from main Play Store page but are listed on the devices page.
(AC won't let me post a link to the devices page)

ultravisitor says:

I can't even see them from the devices page. I can only see them through the links provided here.

$52 for taxes???

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TrowLinn says:

Yoh mon.
Price = 599, Tax = 53.91, Total = 652.91

turb0wned says:

Thank you HTC for not enabling 1700aws on this model nether.

S_C_B says:

Both of these phones should have been the T-Mobile version just with stock Android. Then it would have worked with 1700 AWS HSPA+.

JeffDenver says:

Ding Dong the witch is dead

How Long until i can boot these stock google roms onto my AT&T HTC ONE?

Brick21 says:

Just ordered the SGS4 GE. Love how they kept it where u can use the flip cover. This will be great. Can't wait to get it!

ayo234 says:

On the website it list the gs4 processor as the s4 pro instead on the 600

Amore514 says:

Will the HTC One work on Verzons network ?


Amore514 says:

Thats Crap! Verizon is always behind! UGH!

Att or T-Mobile.

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I would probably be quicker and cheaper to wait for Phil to give these phones away, and break your contract with Verizon switch to AT&T, than to actually get one for Verizon.

Still waiting for the ONE on Verizon, maybe 3 months later we will get a Google Edition....

Anyone know why the taxes are so high? 60 for the s4 and 52 for the one...

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ultravisitor says:

Do you not know how sales tax works?

Nope I do not sir. How do they work?

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Its about 9% tax, which is normal. It sucks, but it is what it is.

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TrowLinn says:


betsuni says:

Anybody else notice the LTE frequencies? Hoping that they are typos or missing some information.

Edit: Nvm, in the other article comment area they are saying that there are some errors that they're fixing.

weiny says:

does the GS4 GE come in black or only white? is it weird for a guy to be using a white phone?

jackwins1 says:

Looks like only white

bgask1717 says:

I too only want the phone in black. I thought at Google IO they referenced the S4 GE coming in both black and white. Tried having a white phone once, but once you go black...

ConTejas says:

If I ever see one of these in the wild, which is doubtful, I will quietly laugh at the person who bought it. That is all : P

Dave_k605 says:

I just want the new lwp

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jackwins1 says:

S4 GE ordered! But DAMN! $50 for tax is painful! That alone makes me wanna join the tea party!

I am totally kidding about the tea party...

benhmadison says:

I laughed out loud at this!

TheDu9du says:

Move to Delaware or other states that charge you State Taxes over Sales Taxes. FYI Tea Party are mostly against federal taxes. Your sales taxes as of the moment are only collected for the state. Yes, sure federal govt wants to get a cut of internet sales, but that's not yet established.
The more you know..

miwaca says:

Well this sucks. I would've liked to order the Google Edition HTC One today but due to Google's poor business model, which doesn't allow purchases outside the US, I'll have to resort to buying this from a 3rd party at a ridiculously higher price.

briansbang says:

What's the difference between this version and "Developer edition" excluding the fact that it's offered in VZW?

miwaca says:

The firmware for Google Edition devices is handled by Google themselves. So that means that they should receive updates just as fast the Nexus line.

Additionally, these devices come with stock Android right out of the box as opposed to the Developer Edition comeing with TouchWiz and an unlocked bootloader out of the box.

So is this aimed at general consumers? I'm confused why someone wouldn't just get the Dev Edition @ $650 w/ double the storage and then flash whatever flavor ROM they wanted.

miwaca says:

That's exactly what I'll end up doing! It makes sense when you really stop to consider it. However, I do like the prospects of quicker updates.

TheDu9du says:

Sure they can, if they wanna be under the Verizon umbrella.

crxssi says:

>"It's also worth a reminder that these are U.S.-only for now."

No, the correct reminder is that they only work on two of the four large US carriers.

TheDu9du says:

They're unlocked Sim phones, so go ahead and take it anywhere you can get a mini Sim card, or ride them on any network that provides you with a mini Sim card in the U.S.

rdubyah says:

Link to new camera app. transfer apk to system/app chmod 644 or rw-r-r