Google Experience device

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Google Experience devices are Google-sanctioned Android devices that, while not carrying the Google Nexus branding, still ship with a 'stock' build of the operating system modified only to cater for device-specific hardware features.[1] Updates for these devices are delivered by Google (bypassing carriers), but are supplied by the original device manufacturer.[2]

Phones[edit]

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition[edit]

At the Google I/O 2013 keynote, it was announced that a special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be released in the United States through Google Play on June 26, 2013. Unlike normal versions of the S4 (which ship with Samsung's TouchWiz interface and software), the phone will ship with a stock build of Android 4.2.2 with Google-supplied updates, similarly to Nexus devices.[3] The price of the Google Edition is $649, and sold exclusively through the Google Play Store.[4]

HTC One Google Play edition[edit]

On May 30, 2013, HTC announced that a similar version of the HTC One with stock Android in place of HTC Sense would be released on the same day.[5] The price of the Google Edition is $599, and sold exclusively through the Google Play Store.[6]

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition[edit]

On December 10, 2013 a Google Play edition of Sony Xperia Z Ultra phone was announced,[7] dropping the Xperia branding, priced at $649, and sold exclusively through the Google Play Store [8]

Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition[edit]

On January 14, 2014 Google announced and released a Google Edition of the widely popular Motorola Moto G.[9] At the same price as the normal Motorola Moto G ($179) however it receives updates from Google and not Motorola.[10]

HTC One M8 Google Play edition[edit]

On March 25, 2014, the same day HTC announced the HTC One M8, they announced that their new flagship phone would also become available with a Google Play edition. Later that afternoon the listing went live on Google Play, [11] at price tag of $699, however no release date was given. [12]

Tablets[edit]

Motorola Xoom[edit]

The Motorola Xoom was the first Android tablet to ship with Google's tablet-specific OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition[edit]

On December 10, 2013 a Google Play edition of this tablet was announced,[7] priced at $350, and sold exclusively through the Google Play Store [13]

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