Stock Android Samsung Galaxy S4 is almost like a Nexus experience, but not exactly

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12. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

really really sad. even apple has no news till now.

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well, I wouldn't say no news... they did have that tidbit about hitting 50B app downloads earlier. And then, well, I guess there's this too but PA has yet to post anything on it: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/apple-was-ringmaster-in-conspiracy-to-fix-e-book-prices-us-says/

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i wish it was a little more "optimized" for it's new stock Android touting status.

16. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I have a galaxy nexus and have been asking google to change the google now activation to something different as scrolling and gaming opens google now accidently more often than not.

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1157; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Devs and geeks alike have praised this, it's what they've always wanted, so I doubt the bit of inconvience of accessing GNow will stop them getting their dream Nexus :D and as said above, the physical key on the GS4 can be reprogrammed, they may just make it a double tap to go to Google Now as there is no S Voice to take up that function in the GS4 GE. A Nexus with HD1080p Display, MicroSD expansion, great Exmor R/RS 13MP Camera, powerful hardware and many sensors Google and the devs can go wild with, we have the best smartphone here. What would be nice is if PA could find out for us if the GS4 GE is a Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5 Octa phone with modified antenna.

47. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I was wondering that too, if they were smart they would use a snapdragon 800 and these would sellout. Snapdragon used a universal socket for 600/800 so it technically could work.

18. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Wonder how the thing'll be priced... Article says it will be sold on the play store, will it be subsidized by Google as nexus devices are? That'd seem to make little sense for Samsung were it to be the case! Sorry if I've completely missed out on the whole thing, you guys seem to say it wqs all widely known, guess we cannot catch every bit more of info... 

40. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

It costs about $200 to manufacture the GS4, $400 wholesale to Google, and retails for $650 with shipping and tax. Google is probably pissed off because Samsung is making all the money from selling phones running their free OS and wants a cut of the profit. So samsung is letting them sell their GS4 with stock os at $650 for retailer profit

23. HighTechToid

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

You can access Google Now on a Galaxy S3 and S4 (presumably for the S4 since I haven't tested it) by just holding the menu button. This has been a hidden feature for quite some time. So, I imagine that will be the case as well with the S4 Google Edition. Just because you can't swipe doesn't mean it's not there. :)

24. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Mr Victor you i think missed the sd card slot option which is also not found in Nexus devices. I think the only reason Google is selling Nexus S4 just to get the user feedback which they need to build a S4 killer Motorola based phone.

26. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yes Victor I love every pixel and screen space free up

30. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

On screen buttons? I can enable those same on screen buttons on my Note 2 or use a custom Rom. It is not hard enabling them on a rooted 4.0 and above android device.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I was never a fan of on screen buttons. They take up space. They do disappear when looking at movies and pics tho.

32. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

64GB Dev HTC One or 16GB Google Edition Galaxy S4, tough choice for a current Nexus 4 user who's going to keep his N4. My biggest problems with the S4 was Touchwiz and the glossy cheap finish of the phone and it's design. This fixes one of the major issues but from my experience 16GB of internal storage is not enough even with an SD card (but it's nice to have an SD card). Both are equally fast but the One's camera is better for lowlight & videos while the S4 is better in daylight. The S4 has a removable and bigger battery , while the One doesn't, but the One has these awesome FF stereo speakers. I prefer LCDs over Amoled displays. For once i don't mind Sense (It looks clean and minimalistic) but i wonder if HTC is going to update their phone (and get rid of the menu bar), thankfully no Android 4.3 announcement means that the One isn't that outdated software wise, but stock android on the S4 is BIG. I still prefer the One's design by alot. Both are 649$ and have access to AT&T LTE. If Google announced the One stock edition, i'd be the first in line...

34. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Thing is though, the S4 running Android Stock will only be availible in the USA on the carriers Tmobile and AT&T. There was no mention of it being availible in the UK Also the stock android S4 is gonna priced at $649 which converts to about £425 but by the time the UK government has put tax on that we're gonna be looking to pay about £500 for one (if we ever get it in the UK)

35. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Little too expensive for my tastes, and a little more that I would expect for a Nexus device. Hopefully it will be like the Galaxy Nexus, which started out at $5XX, and ended up at $350. I wouldn't expect to see the GS4 priced that low, but it would be nice to go into the $450 range at a later date.

37. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

$650 + tax + crazy google play shipping = $700+. I can buy a nexus 4 now and still have money left over to buy a Nexus 5 when it comes out in november.

39. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The lockscreen should be the same on GS4 if running stock android, hence quick access to Google Now. So the picture captioning the difference between the S4 and N4 is inaccurate. Google now on this should be accessible by holding down the menu button - my best guess since it's that way on Gnote 2 with all the asop roms and stock tw. It's still easy to access just different.

41. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I see Google stealing pie controls as a option to always on on-screen buttons eventually (offer either, let the user decide). They are simply awesome on my Galaxy Nexus ZenonHD. Free up the screen space, highly customizable buttons, easy to access! Whats not to love about pie!

43. onishi100

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 2013

well where is x phone after all

48. Socahan

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Are you for real? Google breaking their uniformity by not having on screen buttons? How about breaking their uniformity with the first "Nexus" device having a removable battery and support for external sd card?

50. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You fanboys can argue which device is better until the end of time but nobody can argue that both devices are amazing. It's just that 16GB needs to be no longer the "standard" for internal memory. Google themselves made it so you can't(well by default) store apps/games into the micro sd card. While it is very nice to have tons of music and photos, let's be real here. Apps are now increasing in size every day and we are getting like 2 to 4GB of file sizes per game and that internal memory is going to be GONE in no time at all. We should be able to enjoy as many games and apps as we want since there's so many of them when we purchased the high end "flag ship" device of a carrier. So 32GB-64GB needs to be the new standard for the high end smartphones of 2013 and beyond.

52. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Nexus 4 looks too short and fat with the on screen buttons. The LG Optimus G looked way nicer. Besides, I like capacitive buttons as long as they work unlike HTC.
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