If you have been asking yourself why in the world would i want to spend $649 on an unsubsidized phone I have an answer for you. The new Google Play Edition devices will receive Android updates from their respective OEMs however Google has made it clear that they will be working directly with Samsung and HTC to make sure that these updates come out very quickly. For all intents and purposes these phones should be like Nexus devices in the sense that they will get updates in a very timely manner. When you get your device from the carrier you have to deal with the delay while OEMs add skins and do their bloating. You won’t have to wait for new versions with these Google Edition phones!