Google Play versions of Galaxy S4 and HTC One on sale

You can now buy stock Android versions of the S4 and the One — but not in Australia just yet.

Nic Healey Senior Editor / Australia
Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
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For many users, the manufacturer skin (or overlay) UI on a phone is a useful bit of software, adding core functionality to the base Android operating system.

The Google Play S4. (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

For others, it's akin to bloatware, getting the way of the raw Android experience that they desire.

For the latter camp, there's some great news: Google Play versions of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are on sale in the US, with orders expected to ship on 9 July.

These phones have been stripped of HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz, leaving just Android 4.2, or Jelly Bean.

As mentioned before, neither phone is currently available in Australia via the Google Play store, although we imagine that parallel importers will soon find some stock. In the US, the One is priced at US$599, and the S4 at US$649.

You can read full reviews of the Google Play S4 and the HTC One on the US CNET site.

The Google Play HTC One. (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)