If you’ve been paying attention to phone news at all lately then you know that a couple of days ago the “Google Play edition” Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One went on sale on the Play Store. This move by Google has left a lot of people scratching their heads wondering why Google would do such a thing especially since they could just create a new Nexus device instead. Well folks i’ve got the answer to just that, Google has adopted these two devices for two reason; 1.) it gives Android users something they have always wanted, the latest hardware running “Stock Android” 2.) more people get to experience Android like Google intended it to be, without manufacturer UI and carrier bloatware.
Let’s delve into both of these reasons a little bit shall we. Why would people want to use Stock Android on their Galaxy S4 or HTC One when they can get it from a carrier with the features of Sense or TouchWiz? Well it’s simple, Sense and TouchWiz suck. Yes that was a little frank but it’s just the truth and almost everybody that has ever used either would probably agree. While both are getting better they just aren’t where they need to be for comfortable everyday use without getting annoyed at something. That’s where Stock Android comes into play, it’s simple, user friendly, and has a consistent design. Those three things are what make Stock Android great and are exactly why people love to use it over an manufacturer UI.
As for people wanting to run Stock Android on the best hardware available at the time it’s simple. That has never been an option in Android’s lifetime until now with these devices. The Nexus 4 came close with some pretty impressive hardware but it wasn’t cutting edge at the time. Now it has been done, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are no doubt the most powerful smartphones on the market and that’s great to see them running Stock Android.
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