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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Release Date Is June 26th

At the Google I/O 2013 conference that debuted on May 15th, the Mountain View-based company made an announcement that will please the fans of the Vanilla Android experience. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition release date will be June 26th, a variant of the popular flagship of the South Korea-based company that is running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in Google Play Store at a price of $649, and, just like the terminals of the Nexus family, it will be in the first wave of devices that receive the latest Android updates. I am fully confident that a lot of users will show interest in the device, even though it has a quite expensive price. The Samsung Galaxy S4 sold by Google will have 16 GB of internal storage and 4G LTE modem compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. As I was mentioning before, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition release date is June 26.

Why is Google’s offer so attractive? I’m glad you’ve asked. Samsung Galaxy S4 is a highly appreciated smartphone, both in terms of performance and technical specifications. Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition comes with a powerful chipset (most likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with four Krait 300 cores at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU since it is compatible with the AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands), a 5-inch full HD display and an impressive 13 megapixel camera sensor  mounted on the back.

Unfortunately, many of the customers that already purchased the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Nature UX have complained about the multitude of apps that come pre-installed on it. Some of them might be useful in some cases, but not all of them can be unistalled and they are occupying quite a lot of internal storage.

A clean version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will probably be more appreciated than TouchWiz Nature UX, despite the fact that the apps and features developed by Samsung for the Galaxy S4 will not be available. Google will sell the smartphone with an unlocked bootloader, which is good news for those who want to stick their noses in the advanced functions of the operating system.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition specs list also includes 2 GB of RAM, all standards of WiFi, microSD card slot, NFC chip, 4G LTE, IR blaster, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.

What would you choose: the original SGS4 or the Galaxy S4 Google Edition? We are waiting for your comments and answers in the special section below.

  • Yakov Fox

    whyyyyyyyyyyy cant you just get an AT&T samsung s4 and reinstall Android???????

    why is this NEWS? or are people becoming as lazy as the Apple users who refuse to jailbreak their phones in fear of not knowing what to do, and risk of bricking the phone..

    can anyone help me out here?

    • Paul Mulhern

      You can’t just “reinstall Android” on a phone like that. The carrier-branded S4 comes with a locked bootloader, which means you have to find a way around that before you can customize anything related to the OS. Even once you get around that it’s not a simple as installing stock Android, because there is currently no such thing for the S4. Therefore you would need to use a custom ROM (like CyanogenMod 10.1, which is about as close as you’ll get to stock 4.2.2 on the custom ROM front).

      Long story short, this is news because:

      1 – Samsung is releasing it without any of their (or the carrier’s) bloatware, something most manufacturers are hesitant to do.

      2 – You can get stock Android on cutting edge hardware without voiding your device warranty (something that is distinctly possible once you start rooting and messing with custom ROMs).