News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 01, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition has become something of a will it or won't it device, but it seems today that it is again looking like the handset is imminent. In fact, while some reports have suggested the GS5 GPE is not going to arrive, it is a device that is almost certain to land sometime this summer. That's because Google and its Play Edition partners (Samsung, HTC, and LG) are committed to the release model of flagship launch followed a few months later by Google Play Edition.To that end you can expect to see the LG G3 Google Play Edition before the year is out, but that's another story. Regarding the Galaxy S5, notorious and admittedly accurate serial leaker @Evleaks has today revealed a render of what is said to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition. As you may expect, the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition looks exactly like, well, the Galaxy S5. Naturally, from a design perspective this is an identical device, while the hardware specs are also exactly the same. The big difference comes of course from the software as the GP Edition does away with all Samsung's Android customizations and gives you Google's platform in all its naked and natural glory. When it does arrive, the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition will join its big rivals with stock Android, including the HTC One M8 Google Play smartphone. We are wondering why the Galaxy S5 GP Edition is taking so long to land though, and can only conclude that Samsung did not want to put the device alongside its recently launched Galaxy S5 LTE A. Whether you want the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition depends on whether you want to have a stock Android experience. For the purists it is an easy choice and paying that little bit extra for the S5 GPE will be worth it, while the lack of Samsung's sometimes frustrating TouchWiz software will be seen a bonus for some too. source: 9to5Google