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

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.

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 Previous speculation had a newer version of the Google Nexus 4 being unveiled at Google I/O with 32GB of native storage and 4G LTE connectivity.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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  • 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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54 Comments

1. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

haha theres like 10 versions of the gs4

5. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

GS4 GS4 Active GS4 Zoom GS4 Mini and if this is true... GS4 Google Edition... that's 5...

11. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 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?

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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

36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

39. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

22. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, it freedom of choice unlike outdated iConboard with fascistic approach (censored emails, censored apps, no default app choice = fascism) ;)

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's called exaggeration...

19. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

It is called business

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what are you talking about?

28. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Ask yourself first

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

34. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Exaggerated! Not even 10.. 5 versions

37. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

... Exaggeration: to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth. um, yeah. even.

46. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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...

47. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The trolls come out at night...

49. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

evidently so...

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

29. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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

32. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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

53. iushnt

Posts: 3139; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Is there galaxy s3 plus?

24. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

26. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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"

43. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

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

2. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

This is good!

21. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

40. SleepingOz unregistered

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

42. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

3. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 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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