Google announces stock Android version of Galaxy S4 (aka no TouchWiz), with bootloader unlocked

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At their currently ongoing Google I/O 2013 keynote, the company announced a new version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. This “Google Edition” of the device will not have the usual TouchWiz skin, but will instead be running stock Android. Google says that it will be “Nexus user experience.”

The phone will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks and will support LTE. The device will come with 16GB of storage, but since this is stock Android, there’s a very good chance you won’t be running into the same problems you would with Samsung’s original version.

Google also announced to the expected applause of the 6,000-strong crowd that this version of the Galaxy S4 will come with the bootloader unlocked. This is, in effect, a Nexus device without the branding. If you’re a fan of the Galaxy S4’s impressive spec sheet but prefer a pure Google experience, this is the way to go.

The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be sold through Google Play for $649 on June 26.

[via Google]

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  • Mike Anuta

    649 is not bad for an unsubsidized phone. People need to realize that most phones do not cost 200 max…

  • Enrique

    [@naveed] Haha! Will do.

    Yep, but if this is the closest we’ll get to another Nexus phone for awhile, it will definitely sell out.

    I’ve updated the article with the release date, which is June 26. If you’re planning on getting this, I’d suggest setting a reminder and readying a page directed at play.google.com ;)

  • naveed

    Enrique, this time let us know before it sells out. ;)

    Little chance of that probably at that price, but you never know with gadget fiends.

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] Sales of the S4 are gonna trump the SIII. Now they have those who want a high-end stock device on board.

  • Ashraf

    This is going to be a killer of a device. Too bad it costs $649 (+ tax) :-(