Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition coming to Verizon and AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition coming to Verizon and AT&T
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition is coming to both Verizon and AT&T. Before you get excited, understand that this is not the stock Android "Google Edition" of the flagship Android phone that was introduced at Google I/O. The developer edition of the phone will still have TouchWiz, but will feature an unlocked bootloader and 16GB of native storage. Again, don't expect stock Android or more timely OS updates with this model.

While pricing was not disclosed, we expect to see the Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 tagged in the area of $650. That is the price of the Google Edition of the phone, which Verizon customers won't be able to use. If you're with Big Red and want to have your Galaxy S4 bootloader unlocked officially, the Developer Edition is your only solution. AT&T customers have the option of buying either the "Google Edition" or the "Developer Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy S4 if they want an unlocked bootloader out of the box.

No release date has been listed, but we would expect that the phone would be ready soon considering that it has already been posted in Samsung's online store.


source: Samsung via AndroidAuthority

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

So Samsung has both stock and touchwiz versions for developers? I understand the verizon model (since the Google edition works for AT&T and T-Mobile) but AT&T too? Choice is great I guess but that makes me wonder why HTC One doesn't have a stock option as well?

2. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

After reading the previous article, maybe we might see an HTC One with Stock android after all?

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What about the "Special-Edition" "Limited-Edition" S4? ®

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if the SIII dev edition is any indication they won't sell more than 50 of these, especially with the Google edition being another equally ridiculous offer.

9. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

For those of us who are going to pay full retail to keep our unlimited data and plan on unlocking the boot loader anyway, why not just buy it already unlocked and ready to go. There's just too many advantages for me to not have an unlocked boot loader.

5. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

This is pointless...

6. mydi.maus unregistered

google edition/developer edition hell with this gs4 edition sh*t!!

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This would be more popular if more phone were available like the Note II. You dont have variety by only having one phone to be designed like this

8. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

My only concern is will Verizon customers who decide to purchase the s4 have the same warranty rights and OTA update opportunities as s4 owners with locked boot loaders. The OTA updates is easy to work around thanks to the development community. I just don't want to end up with a phone that has an unlocked boot loader, but you can't flash modem/radios without having to do some damn wire tap trick to fully unlock the phone.

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