Google’s best idea yet! Selling 3rd party devices via Google Play with a pure Android experience!
Every new phone that’s released I’ve thought “Too bad it doesn’t have stock Android”, but now hopefully all the popular flagship devices will come with stock Android when purchased from Google Play.
This will quiet everyone that cries fragmentation. No longer will the Samsung S4 take months to get the new Android update because Google will be in charge of that! I’m waiting on the next Android version because I want to see how Google and Samsung are going to handle the update process, because in theory the Google Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive the next Android update before Samsung’s will.
Google is being very smart about this, frankly it should have happened a lot sooner. Imagine being able to buy HTC, Samsung, Motorola and others with pure Android experiences. This allows a general consumer to buy them and not have to worry about having to flash a stock ROM on their devices to receive earlier updates. Frankly I’ve never thought any of the 3rd party operating systems added any real value over stock Android. It certainly always ran smoother and felt like more of a complete experience.
I guess my only gripe at this stage (although it’s unclear at the moment) is that it’s only available on T-Mobile and AT&T and presumably then US only.