A Samsung Galaxy S4 was presented a few minutes ago on the Google I/O stage. While on the outside, it was just a normal Galaxy S4, we quickly learned that it was running on a stock Android OS, without the TouchWiz that other Galaxy S4s come with or other modifications. What’s even more interesting is that this is an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 that also comes with an unlocked bootloader.
Turning the Galaxy S4 into a Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy S4 presented on the Google I/O stage will be available for users to buy from the Google Store for the price of $649. It will be available starting June 26th and it will be unlike any other Galaxy S4 you’ve seen so far:
- Completely Unlocked – Just like any other Nexus device, this Galaxy S4 will come unlocked, so users will be able to run it on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks.
- Unlocked Bootloader – Those who like to install custom ROMs will not have to worry about unlocking the bootloader on this “Nexus Galaxy S4”, as it will come unlocked straight from the box.
- Prompt OTA Updates – Just like any other Nexus device, this Galaxy S4 will be first in line for updates comming from Google.
- 16GB of memory – Unlike the regular Galaxy S4, which has 32 and 64GB versions, on this device there will be only 16GB and there is no word about a microSD card slot.
Not much is known about the specs of the device, and we believe that it will be just like the regular Galaxy S4. Apart from this, not much information was released, so we can only say that this device will bring the “Nexus Experience” to the Galaxy S4. We hope that we’ll see a new Android version coming with it also.