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Sony and LG have become the latest manufacturers to reveal so-called ‘Google Editions’ of their devices. Sony has confirmed its superb Xperia Z Ultra is now available with an unadorned version of Google’s OS, while LG’s G Pad 8.3 becomes the first tablet to make the move.

Both devices come with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Other than the pure version of Android, the specs of both devices remain the same.

That means the Xperia Z Ultra still packs 4G LTE, a massive 6.4-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm quad-core processor and a slew of Sony-only features including a Bravia engine and Triluminos display tech.

LG’s slate still has the same Full HD, 8.3-inch screen, five megapixel camera and Qualcomm processor.

The pair join HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in the ever-growing stable of Google Edition devices. While these are essentially aimed at developers, Google will be hoping they point to a future when its OS comes unadorned on all key handsets.

Each device is up for grabs now via Google Play. Sadly, both are US only for now. Stay tuned for news on availability here in the UK.


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