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Google Announces GS4 with Stock Android at Google I/O

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

It's a Nexus in Galaxy S4 clothing!

Google's got a lot going on at I/O today, including a three hour keynote to break down the company's plans for the next year. Among the announcements was the unveiling of a Galaxy S4 running stock Android. That's right -- you'll soon be able to snag a GS4 without Samsung's Touch Wiz user interface sitting on top of the Android installation.

 

Google says the GS4 running stock Android will be sold unlocked via the Google Play Store for $649 come June. It's the GSM LTE model, which means it's only AT&T and T-Mobile friendly so Verizon users will have to consider switching if they want to get their hands on this phone. It'll be running Android 4.2 and, similar to Google's Nexus line, updates will come directly from Google. It will also have a fully unlocked bootloader.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 launched less than a month ago and boasts a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED PenTile display, either an octa-core Exynos 5 or quad-core Snapdragon CPU (depending on the region in which you're buying the device), 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel camera up front, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a 2,600mAh battery.

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    Niva , May 15, 2013 12:18 PM
    Wow! Finally! Still sticking with my galaxy nexus but if my phone dies this will work as a replacement. Never buy anything that's not a Nexus phone!
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    Niva , May 15, 2013 12:18 PM
    Wow! Finally! Still sticking with my galaxy nexus but if my phone dies this will work as a replacement. Never buy anything that's not a Nexus phone!
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    olaf , May 15, 2013 12:29 PM
    F ... YES about damn time to get ridd of that crap....
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    joebob2000 , May 15, 2013 12:32 PM
    Have fun not being able to schedule email sync, or any of the other productivity features that TouchWiz has added on top of Android. TouchWiz is hated by throngs of google acolytes but loved by those that understand the phone is there to serve its master, and not to look pretty or maintain some sort of pure heart.
    Google makes great software, but so do a lot of other multibillion-dollar companies.
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    vmem , May 15, 2013 12:38 PM
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    Have fun not being able to schedule email sync, or any of the other productivity features that TouchWiz has added on top of Android. TouchWiz is hated by throngs of google acolytes but loved by those that understand the phone is there to serve its master, and not to look pretty or maintain some sort of pure heart.
    Google makes great software, but so do a lot of other multibillion-dollar companies.


    true, I like scheduled email sync etc etc, but I'll get MY OWN apps to do that the way I WANT THEM DONE, not have someone dictate those for me on what is otherwise a great device... it should be a choice for EVERY andoid phone whether or not you want all the added software from the OEM, or just get stock google android software.
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    unknown9122 , May 15, 2013 12:44 PM
    Now I am interesting.
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    Avus , May 15, 2013 12:57 PM
    It is like finally a big brand PC maker will sell you a computer just with updated OS and drivers only. Not like Acer or HP stuff that comes with tons of useless pre-loaded and trial apps...
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    olaf , May 15, 2013 1:06 PM
    Quote:
    Have fun not being able to schedule email sync, or any of the other productivity features that TouchWiz has added on top of Android. TouchWiz is hated by throngs of google acolytes but loved by those that understand the phone is there to serve its master, and not to look pretty or maintain some sort of pure heart.
    Google makes great software, but so do a lot of other multibillion-dollar companies.


    Yes but an AOSP build , one with proper drivers and kernel can serve as the basis for a lot of builds : Pacman , MiUi , Cyanogen and so on ... some of witch are awesome and with a proper springboard u are cutting back on months and months grind to get something working because the damned manufacturer can't be bothered to give a kernel that compiles or complete drivers (looking at you Samsung and HTC ) But i belive the same as the person above who stated that you should be able to opt out of all the crap they saddle you with if you want. Yes i personally detest Touchwizz... i hate the damned notification drawer, hate the damned end of call screen , i hate the bloody dialer, homescreen concept they use, hate the lockscreen and the fact that i can no longer put my music players controls on it , i hate the 90's style camera software that Samsung employs... those being the few of them.


    Ps : i hope the AOSP version will be interflashable with the Original....
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    darkchazz , May 15, 2013 1:17 PM
    They read my mind :o 
    My Note II is perfectly fine atm though. Guess I'll wait for the next Nexus phone. Hopefully it'll be built by HTC.
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    mobrocket , May 15, 2013 1:28 PM
    after using cyanogen for so long, it would be hard to go to anything else including stock
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    house70 , May 15, 2013 1:59 PM
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    after using cyanogen for so long, it would be hard to go to anything else including stock

    I sense a system dump coming very soon...

    Trouble with CM is that there are always bugs, coming from not having access to proprietary bits of software (kernels, hardware-specific drivers).
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    livebriand , May 15, 2013 4:26 PM
    Sweet... The only problem is that I've gotten used to the pricing on the rest of their Nexus devices. This'll be a nice replacement if I decide to upgrade from my gnexus, to be sure.
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    TheBigTroll , May 15, 2013 4:31 PM
    thank you google.
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    Avus , May 15, 2013 5:51 PM
    This should be the PERFECT phone for many... super nice screen, nice camera, removable battery, storage slot, pretty good cpu, clean OS, able to get update from Google directly (no need to wait for manufacturer), no carrier lock.. what more can you ask for??
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    Uberragen21 , May 15, 2013 9:46 PM
    WHAT, GSM only?! Grrrr. I thought it was clear that AT&T service blows goats...
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    laststop311 , May 15, 2013 10:24 PM
    This device isn't going to be as popular as the techies online are making it seem to be. It is the most perfect phone ever releassed to date. Finally stock android with super fast updates AND an sd card. The problem is the nexus was 300-350. This is 650. The nexus was such a popular off contract phone because the price was so reasonable. Most average people I kno will not cough up 650+ dollars at once for a phone. Now if T-mobile allows you to use the interest free payments to buy the phone 20 a month with 200 dollars down then i could see this phone doing well
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    _Pez_ , May 16, 2013 12:50 AM
    waiting for the Note 3.....
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    house70 , May 16, 2013 3:34 AM
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    WHAT, GSM only?! Grrrr. I thought it was clear that AT&T service blows goats...


    CDMA requires registering the phone on that specific network. It's not as easy as the BYOD system in GSM. The carrier has to approve your device, register it on their network so it 'talks' to it, etc. You're at their mercy.
    With GSM, all that is done by the SIM card and all you need to have are the correct APN settings for SMS, MMS, data (if the phone's ROM doesn't come with them already).
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    house70 , May 16, 2013 3:38 AM
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    Too bad it overheats..lol


    How many SGS4 phones have you owned?
    Right. Troll on. Some grapes must be really sour for you.
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    Non-Euclidean , May 16, 2013 8:07 AM
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    Google makes great software, but so do a lot of other multibillion-dollar companies (that arent located in Redmond).


    Fixed