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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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.
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....
My Note II is perfectly fine atm though. Guess I'll wait for the next Nexus phone. Hopefully it'll be built by HTC.
Trouble with CM is that there are always bugs, coming from not having access to proprietary bits of software (kernels, hardware-specific drivers).