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Oct 16, 2014

Google Inadvertently Reveals the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition




Samsung’s previous flagships smartphones and the most powerful handset in the Galaxy S family, the Galaxy S5 did not reach the level of popularity of any of the previous models.

That was probably one of the reasons Samsung did not bother to launch a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5, even though there were quite a few rumors pointing to this possibility. As it stands, Samsung would probably be better off with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 GPE rather than a Galaxy S5 version. All in all, it looks like the previously rumored Google Play Edition of Galaxy S5 has just appeared at Google’s official Android website. However, don’t get your hopes high, as the smartphone merely appears in a picture that shows many other Android devices, including smartwatches and tablets.

It’s either Google using an older marketing material that shows the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition, which might have been cut from Samsung’s roadmap, or the South Korean company indeed plans to launch the device after all. Unfortunately, the chance of Galaxy S5 getting a Google Play Edition version in the following months is slim, to say the least, especially considering the first rumors pointing to this possibility emerged back in the spring. Samsung is probably thinking how to tackle this drop in sales for its Galaxy S series and how to make Galaxy S6 more appealing to customers.

Google may have used old marketing material that include this unreleased product

The South Korean company released one Google Play Edition before and that’s the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, which made it to market last year. Curios enough, the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition may receive the highly-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update long before the Galaxy S5 might get it. Speaking of which, Google has just confirmed that all Google Play Edition smartphones that meet the necessary hardware requirement should be upgraded to Android 5.0 in the coming months. Considering Lollipop will be officially released on the market the moment Nexus 6 goes on sale in early November, Android users who own GPE smartphones should prepare for a nice surprise in about a month from now.

Although we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Samsung launching the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition in the not so distant future, we doubt that will be the case. Here is hoping that Samsung will announce its Android 5.0 Lollipop update plans sooner rather than later. Motorola and HTC have already done it, even if partially, so a short statement from the South Korean handset maker would bode well in the eyes of consumers.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition
Image credits to Google

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