Google Announces GS4 with Stock Android at Google I/O

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
    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
    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!
    10
  • olaf
    F ... YES about damn time to get ridd of that crap....
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  • joebob2000
    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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