It seems stock Android is a hot commodity these days. Following in the footsteps of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony's Xperia Z may be the next flagship phone to come in a "pure" Android version, giving users the option of getting all that Sony hardware without manufacturer software restrictions.
Android Central claims it can confirm a "Google Edition" of the Xperia Z handset is on the way, and will be sold through the Google Play store in the U.S. later this year, as will both the stock Android versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
If the Xperia Z follows suit, getting a "Google Edition" of the device will cost you: the HTC One will be available with stock Android for $599 and the pure Android S4 will ring in at $649. We can expect all three devices to run Android 4.2.2 and receive updates directly from Google instead of relying on carriers or manufacturers to push through new versions of the software.
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