Deciphering the gray of Google's 'Play Edition' upgrade promise

Sun, 2013-06-30 09:47 by admin

By JR Raphael

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One of the biggest selling points of Google's new Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices -- stock Android software aside -- is the promise that the phones will follow in the footsteps of Nexus devices and receive fast OS upgrades in the future.

But wait a minute: What exactly has Google promised in that regard? When you start trying to find a firm answer to that question, you realize it's not completely clear.

From the get-go, Google's been saying these new devices will receive future upgrades "quickly." Within the world of Android, though, "quickly" is a relative term; "quickly" could mean a phone will get an upgrade alongside the current Nexus devices, within days of the software's release. It could mean it'll get an upgrade three weeks after Nexus rollouts wrap up. Or it could mean it'll get an upgrade a full month later. Any of those definitions could be interpreted as "quickly" compared to the wait for upgrades on many non-Nexus Android devices.

The first big question we need to address is …

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