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Stock Android powered Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition coming to Google I/O?

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Stock Android powered Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition coming to Google I/O?
A published report says that during today's keynote address for the Google I/O developer conference, a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 called the Google Edition will be introduced. Unlike the current version of the phone which runs Samsung's TouchWiz UI over Android 4.2.2, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will run stock Android. Which build of Android that is happens to be unknown, but whatever new version of the open source OS is introduced at the developer conference, that is the version that will be running this phone.

Will we see a stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 later today?

Will we see a stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 later today?

The report says that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available next month and will support T-Mobile's bands. We do not know at this point if the phone will be sold in the Google Play Store and what the pricing will be. Previous speculation had a newer version of the Google Nexus 4 being unveiled at Google I/O with 32GB of native storage and 4G LTE connectivity. That phone still might be unwrapped on Wednesday.

What makes a Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 so interesting is that for the last year, there has been some talk that Google was getting wary of Samsung's domination of the Android platform with the outstanding success of both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. Speculation had started that the Tizen OS was eventually going to replace Android as the operating system found on most high-end Samsung smartphones. Instead, this alleged cooperation between the Korean manufacturer and Google seems to be making a statement, especially since it would take place on a fairly big stage like Google I/O.

source: Geek.com via UnwiredView

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posted on 15 May 2013, 00:25 20

1. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


haha theres like 10 versions of the gs4

posted on 15 May 2013, 00:46 14

5. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


GS4
GS4 Active
GS4 Zoom
GS4 Mini
and if this is true... GS4 Google Edition...

that's 5...

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:18 3

11. NightFelix (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


GS4 (for die hard Samsung Galaxy fans)
GS4 Active (for fans who looking for innovation technology)
GS4 Zoom (for fans of Instagrams)
GS4 Mini (for fans that not enough budget to buy high-end device)
GS4 Google Edition (for die hard Nexus fans)

so what next? GS4 Tizen Edition or ATIV?

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:37 19

16. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


GS4 - for people who really want a SMaRTphone
Gs4Active - for people who think that water resistance is an innovation
Gs4 zoom - for amateur photography
Gs4 mini - u are right
Gs4 google edition- TW haters and nexus fans

posted on 15 May 2013, 03:10 10

36. joey_sfb (Posts: 6036; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Actually having 10 difference versions of Galaxy S4 is good for the consumer as long as their software get upgraded. Samsung recent track record on software upgrade is very encouraging. My 1 year old Galaxy tab 7.7 been upgraded from honycomb to ice cream sandwich to Jelly bean.

No complain from me on Samsung! Will keep buying their products.

posted on 15 May 2013, 03:16

39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4004; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You forgot S4 duos!!
Somehow, this edition feels like Nexus 4.1.

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:51 9

22. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


no, it freedom of choice unlike outdated iConboard with fascistic approach (censored emails, censored apps, no default app choice = fascism) ;)

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:39 2

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's called exaggeration...

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:44 10

19. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


It is called business

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:09

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


what are you talking about?

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:21 3

28. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Ask yourself first

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:40 1

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...lol, what? why? do you even know what i'm talking about? to say that there's "like 10" versions of the S4 is called exaggerating.

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:47 2

34. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 810; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Exaggerated! Not even 10.. 5 versions

posted on 15 May 2013, 03:14 4

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...

Exaggeration: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth.

um, yeah. even.

posted on 15 May 2013, 04:43

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


thumbs down to a copy/paste from the merriam-webster dictionary too? i'm about to lose all hope in the members of this site...

posted on 15 May 2013, 05:03 4

47. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The trolls come out at night...

posted on 15 May 2013, 05:13

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


evidently so...

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:43

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


why all the thumbs down? explain to me how saying "like 10" versions of the S4 is not a clear example of exaggerating.

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:33

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


Dont forget each one of them will get a mini version and a PLUS version after 3-6 months. That'll be more than 10. /s

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:42

32. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


"Dont forget each one of them will get a mini version..."

hmm... Galaxy S4 Mini Mini ! for the small screen lovers ! it will still be 4" hahaha as big as iPhone 5 :P

posted on 15 May 2013, 10:36

53. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Is there galaxy s3 plus?

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:04 1

24. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Google Edition? Isn't that what we can already do with CyanogenMod?

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:10 6

26. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


not everyone root or even understand how to root their phone..

posted on 15 May 2013, 02:41 2

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


anyone that would care to have an AOSP experience on their Galaxy device knows how to root. there's just not any real place for a Galaxy S4 "Google Edition"

posted on 15 May 2013, 04:05 2

43. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


consumer choice! kudos to Samsung for reaching out to everyone ...

posted on 15 May 2013, 00:39 8

2. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


This is good!

posted on 15 May 2013, 01:50 3

21. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


no! thats great! I will immediately buy that! otherwise have to survive with my Galaxy Nexus with replaceable battery for traveling...... :)

posted on 15 May 2013, 03:49 1

40. SleepingOz (unregistered)


This will eat a lot of the Nexus' market share!

posted on 15 May 2013, 04:04

42. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


it doesnt matter....Nexus was mean just to show how it should have been done...Nexuses make no profit

posted on 15 May 2013, 00:39

3. docj8404 (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


This is an interesting rumor to say the least.. I can just see the confusion on your average customers face when you have your carrier rep explaining the "difference between this S4 & S4", assuming there's truth to all of this.

I'm also curious as to what would become of a lot of the features available on TouchWiz that was highly publicized now that we're using stock Android? With the developer community already hard at work, I can't imagine current S4 owners dropping their S4 in favor of this, especially considering how easy it is to get that stock Android experience (or damn near) on your device.

So many questions...7 or 8 hours should hopefully bring all the answers :)

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