Samsung first released a Google Edition of its flagship device Galaxy S4. The announcement was made by Google at I/O ’13, though. HTC later followed the footsteps and announced a Google Edition of its flagship device HTC One. Now Sony has also been reportedly following the footsteps of its two of the biggest rivals in smartphone market. According to new reports, the company will soon announce a Google Edition of Xperia Z.
But what exactly does make a phone “Google Edition?”
In a word, it’s the same hardware running on stock Android operating system — the one that comes with every Nexus phone and tablets.
Usually with smartphones made by vendors, you will find a customized user interface made by the manufacturer. Samsung is famous for its much-criticized ToutchWiz UI while HTC uses Sense in all of its Android phones. Not just that, both of these phones come with a lot of pre-built applications, also known as bloatware, that eat up phone’s internal memory and continually use RAM causing the overall performance to drop.
But with a stock Android, you get a neat and clean, original Google version of Android operating system with no bloatware and more free space. In the end, the phone runs faster and performs better while having all the same sensors and hardware that the phone originally comes with.
So, a Google edition is basically the same phone with a Google’s version of the operating system, Android.
Reports note that Sony might announce the Google edition of its flagship device later this month although the device may hit the market later this year through Google Play Store only in the US. Since the announcement is expected this month, we’d better stop speculating about the price and wait until it’s official.
Would you go for a Google Edition of Xperia Z instead of the original one? Why, why not?