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Google edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 wont receive updates directly from Google

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by gtbarry, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert
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  2. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    So whats really the point lol? :)
  3. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    I had a feeling this would happen. The keynote stated they would get timely updates, not immediate updates.
    I guess a lot will depend on how easy and stable this can be ported to the other variants.
    If so, then I guess the only advantage would be to have something sim & bootloader unlocked device that supports US frequencies. Since both the T-Mobile and AT&T variants of the S4 are sim locked, AT&T S4 is bootloader locked. Not much of an advantage for the HTC One though.
  4. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert
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    Well, no bloatware to start. But no updates in the future. So you'll be kind of stuck in the present.
  5. AntimonyER


    I really think the carrier is the long pull. Eliminating that step will mean fairly quick updates I imagine. Not the day of, true, but still fast. And of course stock ROMs will be almost instant.
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  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Its still going to be fast updates. Its stock android, they don't have to put sense or touchwiz on top of whatever Google puts out.

    They just have to optimize it for their hardware and out it goes. Still no carrier middle man too
  7. zeth006

    zeth006 Member

    There's still at least one upside: Owners of the regular S4 and One will benefit indirectly from XDA support.

    Even with updates being somewhat later, that just means that even if Samsung doesn't release updates for their non-Google versions, XDA devs will still have their roms and kernels from their work done on the Google versions to flash onto the non-Google versions
  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    The big thing is having a fully functioning aosp ROM to flash right out of the gates
  9. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    See my comments in the article.

    I think that the blogosphere is painfully confused.

    HTC maintains on their site that updates will come through Google, and they always have.

    The Google dev said that they wouldn't host full binary images.

    He said nothing about updates.
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  10. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Anyone who buys a phone like that is gona be a rooter anyway and be able to de-bloat.
    I still havnt read the post tbh lol but i hope EM is right and google are doin the updates. As Rx says though, even if the manufacturer or even the carrier pushed them, it should be faster coz theres less phones to push to and they dont have to develop a skin for it :)
  11. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    It's an unlocked phone.

    No one carrier in any region could push the update (even though available in the USA only for the time being).

    That leaves either Samsung and HTC pushing updates, Google pushing them or no one pushing them.

    Black and white, HTC says Google is doing it -

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