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Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android is real: Nexus experience coming on June 26

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Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android is real: Nexus experience coming on June 26
The Samsung Galaxy S4 'developer edition' is real, folks! Google has just announced the Galaxy S4 with stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and none of that TouchWiz wizardry. Pure Android, just as so many people like it.

The Galaxy S4 with stock Android will land on the Google Play store on June 26th for an off contract price of $649.

The S4 with stock Android will support 4G LTE and you’d be able to use it on the U.S. GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. It will have 16GB of internal storage, come with a fully unlocked bootloader and you won’t need to wait for system updates from carriers. Freedom, a lot of us wished for it, and now we have it!

source: Google I/O

Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android is real: Nexus experience coming on June 26
Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android is real: Nexus experience coming on June 26

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posted on 15 May 2013, 12:04 8

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


make it an octo!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:29

42. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I hope the T-Mobile version is allowed to flash stock android through odin. That would be nice!

Bwirdman Bwirdman!

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:54

63. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


LMAO! Bwirdman Bwirdman AHA AHA AHA

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:00 2

65. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


No OCTO CORE!!!!!

that would be terrible for the dev community... exynos doesn't release its source, so custom kernels would be broken.....

thats why note II people can't use hardware composer on AOSP roms....

Thats one area where I think Quallcomm is better(OMAP 5 would be most ideal though)

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:38 5

70. icyrock1 (Posts: 298; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


If it's a nexus though, wouldn't the source code get released?

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:48 2

79. Meccalangelo (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


It's a developer edition of a popular phone....Not a Nexus.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:18

103. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1649; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


the Next big flop......

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:05 3

2. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


lol i dont get the price tag...i can get it for 650 now off contract

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 13

9. abdane (Posts: 473; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


yes this is the same... but for people who hate touchwiz and want stock feel...

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:07 20

15. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Stock Android with guaranteed version updates is a big deal.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:51

95. kanagadeepan (Posts: 631; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes, u can get 650$ carriers' s4 off contract... But you will never get official update earlier, but you will get those FREE bloatware + TouchWiz... Without TouckWiz, the internal memory of 16GB model will be MORE...

Its a win-win for Nexus lovers who are looking for Nexus with SD slot or without OnScreen keys (takes precious screen estate)....

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:05 36

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Was excited until I saw the price.

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:05 1

55. TheMan (Posts: 369; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I feel the same, but how much would you pay? If it's less, then (in effect) you're saying it's worth less than the Touchwiz version (priced at $650), which may or may not get all the updates.

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:14

83. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I mean, if it was for a 32GB or more, I probably would, but considering that it's only for 16GB, I don't want to have to pay a fortune for it.

And with Samsung's extra software put into Android, you think that would explain the cost, but with just stock Android directly from Google, not Samsung, it would cost less.

I'm not saying it should be $299, like the Nexus 4 but at least $100 less.

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:11 9

56. boosook (Posts: 891; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


same hardware, same phone… why should it be cheaper?

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:48 1

86. hung2900 (Posts: 762; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Because they are blamers
Blaming blaming everything
And thumbs down attack coz some don't know anything to say

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:01 5

66. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


That is the price range i pay for every flagship smartphone i buy, and i never complain. What's the big deal? Americans are spoiled by massive subsidies, that's why, A 16Gb iPhone 5 cost $749 - 799 here unlocked. The nexus 4 also cost $600 when it was available here.

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:40

72. icyrock1 (Posts: 298; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Where do you live? I know it doesn't cost that much in the US/Canada/Mexico/Most of the UK.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:05 13

4. MrKoles (Posts: 293; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


oooh, my dreams came true! fantastic! *-*

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:05 9

5. tech2 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


OMFG ! That's a geek boner !!!!

Don’t know how is it gonna work though. I mean TouchWiz had hardware integration as well like Airview, multiple LED lights, etc. Would they all go useless or they'll be absent in the new device ?

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 4

10. TripleTwo (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Absent.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:08 3

17. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Thankfully absent.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:23 3

33. phonegeek2 (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)


Yeah, you're right, however for people who can afford the pricetag of the unllocked "Google-iffied"S4, they'll love it, regardless of whatever Samsung designed into Touchwiz UI. Personally, I used to like Touchwiz moreso, not anymore. I personally think it's too cartoony looking and takes a lot of memory, and battery to run. However to each, their own!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:37 5

47. tech2 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Also, if u heard the actual presentation. The guy said we are only giving you a 'glimpse' of hardware side of new innovations, then went on introducing the Nexus-ified GS4.

It means we might see other devices with Stock android as well !

YIPEEEEE !

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:20

84. Nephylim (Posts: 131; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


no htc yipeeee

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:55 1

96. kanagadeepan (Posts: 631; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


They will be absent for good, since you will get MORE space in 16GB internal memory without TouchWiz...

Further you can get those things (few are not gimmicky) anyway if you want it, just visit xda...

posted on 16 May 2013, 01:36

100. tech2 (Posts: 1739; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yeah......The only stuff which I'll actually miss will be S Health and those camera features. I'm fine with rest being gone, though !

I haven't tried rooting my phone yet and have no idea about it. Do you know if it would be easy to bring on those TouchWiz camera features from XDA ?

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 1

6. moroninc (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


thats right... you called it Phone Arena. Big up!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 6

7. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Awesome! Wish somehow google could have offered it for a lower price but this phone is a beast.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 2

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1330; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Snapdragon 600 = fail
Exynos 5 = yes please!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:11 10

21. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I love how the fastest processor currently on the North American market is a "fail". I might just as easily say Exynos 5=fail Snapdragon 800=win.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:23 10

34. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


And both lag because they run the same poorly written beta software bloat.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:26 2

38. tedkord (Posts: 4244; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You should join us in 2013. 2009 is so...well, 2009.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:45 7

49. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Galaxy S4 still lags guy. Played with a coworkers yesterday and she had those awesome features turned on. That thing had some serious lag going. Stock Android should solve that hopefully.

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:59 2

76. 90ninjas (Posts: 89; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Samsung's poorly coded TW-Nature UI is to blame for that. Meanwhile, HTC's Sense 5 is like butter.

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:16

89. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


What provider does your coworker have? I heard that AT&T recently updated their's fixing all the lag in the interface.
Watch PhoneDogs Samsung Galaxy s4 30 day Challenge videos for proof.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:06 9

11. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Oh yeah Nexus with sd card slot, good camera and beautiful screen!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:28 4

40. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The Camera will not be the same since software is a big part of camera performance. Google hasnt had the best track record when it comes to camera sofware and tuning so far.

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:05 1

74. a_merryman (Posts: 601; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


It seems like the post-processing of images was a major part of this keynote though, which bodes well for the future of their camera software. Since what they showed was pretty impressive...granted real world applications of things never turn out as nice.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:07

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5520; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Will it ship with v. 4.3?

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:08 4

16. TripleTwo (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


4.2
Didn't you read the article? Duh.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:58

97. kanagadeepan (Posts: 631; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


It will get 4.3 the week 4.3 is introduced... Dont worry, Be HAPPYYY...

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:07 4

13. tll84 (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


T-Mobile and AT&T only? No Verizon??? Booooo!!

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:14 5

25. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I don't think we'll ever see an unlocked Verizon phone sold through Play. CDMA and unlocked don't mix. If you want stock on VZW the closest you'll get is a Razr.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:58 2

53. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)


or you can root it... or you could if you can get around vzw's security for their bootloaders

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:23 1

85. 14545 (Posts: 1052; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Or he, and I, can leave their crappy network. That seems like a better solution. I won't pay for another phone that isn't GSM because of it being locked down. Not to mention how overpriced VcrapW is.

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:54 2

91. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And yet.... it still has the best coverage outside of major metro areas. I wouldn't trade that, not matter how frustrating it is to see AT&T get all the best new devices.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:37 1

92. 14545 (Posts: 1052; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I go outside major metro areas for 10 days every year. And it's not so much better that it was worth their New and Improved© crappy customer service that is open till like 11p only. At that to the fact that we pay 40+ more a month for less service and the fact they want to kick me off my umlimited plan(of which I only use about 4-5 GB total on the two lines) and I'm sick of it.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:46

94. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


uhh huh, i'm sure that attests to why Verizon has won the J.D. Power & Associates award for Customer Service 4 years in a row.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:07

14. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 79; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Not available on Verizon, though. Nothing a little rooting and boot loader unlocking can't handle. For a lot cheaper than $649 ones, too.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:10 1

20. tll84 (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


but isnt rooting risky? im good with tech, but have never done any dev type stuff...so rooting seems overwhelming

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:28 5

41. tedkord (Posts: 4244; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Rooting is minimal risk.

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:02 1

67. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


unless one is an idiot....

no offense...

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:08

77. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 79; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Listen, I was just like you at one point. Scared to death of rooting in fear that I would brick my device. I'm 22, I've just graduated college with 2 degrees last week and I've rooted my Galaxy Nexus as well as my S3. This shows that anyone can achieve root status. Each method only took about 10-15 mins. As long as you follow steps to the letter, you'll be fine. Now, I'm not afraid of anything when it comes to rooting, unlocking and flashing because there is always a way to reverse things. Just conduct massive research before you try it and you will be okay. Before I rooted my Nexus I did research for months.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:09 2

18. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


its like samsung just announce nxt nexus...... or u can say nexus 4s... lol

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:10 11

19. TripleTwo (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I'd rather get a Nexus 4 and an iPad mini 2 for that price.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:11 4

22. yowanvista (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I wonder if this will sport the Exynos 5 or Crapdragon 600 rebranded S4 Pro chip. And as always, it won't obviously be sold in the rest of the world..

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:00

54. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i'm pretty sure if the processor actually sucked they wouldn't use it

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:12 1

23. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Hope fully this is a start of many more products which launch simultaneously with their custom skin and stock android and available via play store directly....am dreaming about the Note 3, Sony togari....etc

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:13 4

24. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The Nexus S4

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