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
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

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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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104 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

make it an octo!

42. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

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

63. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

LMAO! Bwirdman Bwirdman AHA AHA AHA

65. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 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)

70. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

79. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

103. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

the Next big flop......

2. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

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

9. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

15. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Stock Android with guaranteed version updates is a big deal.

95. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 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)....

3. HASHTAG unregistered

Was excited until I saw the price.

55. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

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.

56. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

86. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

66. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

72. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

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

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 ?

10. TripleTwo

Posts: 29; Member since: May 08, 2013

Absent.

17. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Thankfully absent.

33. phonegeek2

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 22, 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!

47. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 !

84. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

no htc yipeeee

96. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 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...

100. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 ?

6. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

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

7. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

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

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Snapdragon 600 = fail Exynos 5 = yes please!

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