What’s the difference between Nexus and Google Play Edition devices?

tswayne

New “Google Play Edition” versions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 are available direct from Google. It sounds like these are the same thing as the annual (?) Nexus devices - latest version of Android, no skins, etc. Is Google changing the Nexus name to Google Play Edition, or is there a difference?

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jimlynch
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Wstark had a good answer. I'd opt for the Nexus, I think it makes the most sense to run pure Android rather than anything that adulterates it and that might slow down updates or upgrades.

wstark
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There is a difference. The Nexus is running pure unadulterated Android. The Google Play Editions apparently still use the manufacturers kernels, but do not have the bloatware and the UI stuff on top of Android that both Samsung and HTC love to skin their devices with. From what I understand, the Play Editions may also not be updated as fast as a “pure” Nexus device, although that is conjecture at this point. I would rather have a Google Play edition than the "standard" versions, but the Nexus is still the flagship pure Android device.  

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