Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition
I, like some others on the internet, feel like it's very possible that there won't be a Galaxy S5 GPE. Here's why:
-Samsung has hinted they wish to use their own OS (Tizen) and are trying to ditch Android. I don't know how far away this is, but with continually locking and customizing down their platform it appears they are purposefully moving away from the openness of Android. With them being slated as a manufacturer of an Android Wear device, this occurrence of ditching Google could very well be far off or nonexistent. I've only read a couple articles about this possibility, and it somewhat makes sense.
-Samsung won't move to software buttons. Google has long since pushed for software buttons on Android phones, and now most OEMs are following Google's "suggestions".
Samsung, on the other hand, has stubbornly stayed with hardware buttons (which I'm perfectly fine with XD)
-It hasn't been announced yet. The M8 GPE was announced and went on sale about three weeks ago. The S5 was announced 2 months ago, and there's been no mention of a GPE. It's possible it could come out at Google I/O, but it doesn't make sense why Samsung would wait so long after their biggest Android competitor already released their GPE.
-There are lots of hardware features to integrate. I'm not sure that Google would let Samsung integrate the fingerprint scanner and heartbeat sensor into the stock skin.
Although this post may seem pretty negative, I really hope the GPE S5 is released. I loved stock on the S4, and it would be a real shame if they stopped with the GPE phones.
What are your thoughts? Will they pull through and surprise us all with the S5 at I/O? Or will it remain a distant dream?
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