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[Ars] Google to sell unlocked Galaxy S 4 with stock Android 4.2 on June 26

post #1 of 51
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Fairly short so I quoted the entire thing.
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Google showed off a Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android 4.2 this morning at the Google I/O keynote. Stripped of the extra Samsung interface bits, the S 4 drew applause from the developer-heavy audience; they applauded even harder when Google VP Hugo Barra announced that the device would deliver to users the same software experience as a Nexus device, including timely Android updates.

The Google-ified S 4 will ship unlocked, with the capability to function in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile's cellular networks with full LTE support. It will include 16GB of flash and an SD card slot to expand its on-board storage.

The smartphone will be available directly from Google via the Google Play store starting on June 26 for $649.

Yes! wheee.gif
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post #2 of 51
I'll pick one up after a few months when they drop to under $500, gonna be sahweeet
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post #3 of 51
It would be interesting to know what they removed when they say "stripped of the extra Samsung interface bits".
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post #4 of 51
Interesting, although $649 is a bit steep, IMO. Going to sell my aging iPhone 4 32GB and buy an S4. Good to know that I have plenty of options.
    
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post #5 of 51
No Nexus 7 refresh was unexpected. All the Android sites have been quoting rumors as practically the truth for weeks, and now they're totally ignoring that they were all proved wrong. rolleyes.gif
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post #6 of 51
It seems from the other thread, they removed TouchWiz UX skin.
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Complaints from both the Nexus front and the Samsung front will supposedly be addressed by the Galaxy S IV Google Edition. Some widely-circulated complaints about the Nexus 4 include the glass chassis, the lack of expandable storage (the phone starts at 8GB of internal storage) and the non-removable battery. Meanwhile, frequent complaints from Samsung users include criticism of the company's TouchWiz Nature UX skin, locked bootloaders (for AT&T customers, at least) and lack of documentation for the Exynos chipset which makes porting AOSP-based ROMs more difficult for developers.

The Galaxy S IV Google Edition will reportedly come with stock Android out of the box and feature expandable storage and a removable/replaceable battery, giving users the benefit of Samsung's hardware specs and the standard Google experience. Other specs should be identical to those of other editions of the Galaxy S IV, though it is unclear whether it will run a Snapdragon 600 chipset or an Exynos Octa CPU. Don't be too quick to assume that the more developer-friendly Snapdragon 600 will be used (okay, I'll admit I'm thinking Snapdragon myself). After all, the Nexus 10 runs on the Exynos 5250 chipset.

How big of a factor is the chipset change going to be?
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post #7 of 51
While I have a Nexus 4 and love it... I'd be all over this if they weren't so damn expensive. I cannot justify (or even have for that matter) $650 for a phone... I do miss the quality of the camera in Samsung phones, though.
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post #8 of 51
how can it have LTE support when it can only be used on AT&T and T-Mobile? Both of them are HPSA+ afaik.

very interesting though, would love to have one myself.
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post #9 of 51
Wow this is really cool. I think that I'm the type of user that wouldn't mind or would even get some use out of the touchwiz stuff but this is very cool news for the people that strongly dislike it and is something that caught me totally off guard. Once again the mobile phone market is developing way quicker and is more interesting than the desktop CPU/GPU market where we haven't got anything interesting in nearly 2 years.
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Do you think it'll be at all possible to put this firmware on an unlocked international i9505?
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