Google just announced that they will be selling the new Galaxy S4 with stock Android starting from June 26. The phone will have all the features that a stock Android has and will receive timely updates from Google just like the Nexus devices.
Some of you might be surprised at this move from Google as we heard a lot of news regarding the new Nexus 5 device that it would be from LG rather than from Samsung due to the heated relationship between Google and Samsung. But at the very next moment, Google announces that it will ship the Galaxy S4 with stock Android. Remember that the Galaxy S4 is the flagship device of Samsung.
The phone will have the same user experience as the Nexus devices with the modification of Samsung TouchWiz. The phone will have a fully unlocked bootloader and will support LTE.
The rest of the specs and internal storage remains a major question here. Whether Google will modify the actual specs of the phone or it will just roll out the device as it is. Even if Google plans to stick with the default specs, it would be great to use a stock Android on a full S AMOLED device with 1080p display and super fast processor.
Whether this device will be a hit or not for both Samsung and Google, but the timing of the announcement seems to be awesome. Considering that Google is very keen to introduce the next Nexus device but still need more time to work on it, this Galaxy S4 will surely buy Google sometime for the next Nexus device and for Samsung, it will sell just like a normal Galaxy would be.
The phone will be up for sale around June and will bear a price tag of $649 for a 16GB version and can be purchased directly from Google Play Store. The main disadvantage the Google Galaxy S4 variant will have is that it will be available only in the US play store and will work only with AT&T and T-Mobile. So we can say that it won’t get much attention from other carriers like Sprint or Verizon.
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I expected google would bring some new device.