Probably in an effort to address its fragmentation problem, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will begin selling a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One that runs "clean" versions of Android, unfettered by build-ons offered from the respective smartphone makers. The devices will come directly from Google, meaning they won't be eligible for carrier subsidies, nor will they have attached contracts. Only T-Mobile and AT&T will be picking up coverage for these devices.
In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the motivation behind selling these versions of the most popular Android devices, Google's plans for its own hardware, and why these options make sense.
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