It appears that the rumors were correct as Google took the stage today to announce a new Google edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will be coming to the Google Play Store in June with Nexus style features including stock Android and swift updates.
Yesterday, a rumor cropped up stating that Google would be announcing a new Samsung Galaxy S4 on stage at Google I/O, a Google edition of the device that would offer some significant differences over the Galaxy S4 models that arrived just a few weeks ago. The rumor fortunately turned out to be the real deal as Google announced the device on stage today at Google I/O 2013.
Hugo Barra showed off a Samsung Galaxy S4 on stage that was running stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the same software running in Google’s Nexus devices including the Nexus 4. The device is the real deal, a Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus, that will be coming to shelves in June for those that want something a little different from the other Galaxy S4 models that feature a heavily modified version of Android.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 from Google will not only feature vanilla stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but it will also be coming with two other Nexus features including an unlocked bootloader for heavy customization and swift updates straight from Google when they come out. Other Galaxy S4 devices will need to wait much longer for software updates and as we’ve learned, some are also coming with locked up bootloaders.
Google will sell the device starting June 26th for $649 on the Google Play Store, a steep price for those that are looking to get the Galaxy S4 without Samsung’s fingerprints.
The device will work in conjunction with the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile, as other unlocked Nexus devices have done in the past. The device will, however, have support for 4G LTE, something that the Nexus 4 does not have.