OK, so I was a bit sneaky with my title. There’s not really a new Google phone. Rather, these are revamped “Google Play” Editions of the sweet HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 devices.
Each Google phone comes in sleek silver and boasts a stripped down, Android-only OS. The cool things about these phones are:
(1) They’re unlocked so you don’t have to worry about the carrier you use. Making calls overseas? Psh, no problem (as long as you can pony up the cash)!
(2) Future updates to your device will be handled directly through Google Play. As you know, service carriers offering their “versions” of the same devices (*cough*Tmobile*cough*AT&T*cough*) are pretty lousy at offering over the air updates in a timely fashion. Stripping out the middlemen spells good things for you if you’re a user that chomps at the bit every time a new Android update becomes available.
(3) No contracts. ’nuff said. (although T-Mobile already has this going for it, you’re paying roughly the same price for a T-Mob branded device).
Here’s a nice “hands-on” video from the folks over at Gizmodo comparing the HTC Sense vs bare Android versions of the HTC One:
So what do you think? Are these Google Play editions worth it? Or will you just wait for the potential of a Nexus 5?