It turns out that the whispers we heard this morning about Google launching its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are true. Today, during the Google I/O, Hugo Barra announced that a Google edition of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone indeed is on its way. The phone will be available only from Google Play Store starting June 26. As you could expect, the handset will not be easy on the wallet. If you plan to buy the Galaxy S4 launched by Google, you might want to start saving money now, since the phone will cost $649.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition
The phone does not have an official name yet and for the time being is referred to Galaxy S4 Google Edition. We have also heard it being called Galaxy S4 Nexus, and for a very good reason. The phone will ship with stock Android unmodified by third party. The device will support HSPA+ and LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile’s network and will be sold unlocked. The bootloader also will be unlocked so the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will receive system updates as soon as they are out. It means no waiting for a green light either from Samsung or the carrier.
Hardware-wise is it still the same Galaxy S4 you are used to with a brilliant 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, great 13-megapixel rear camera and powerful processor. Other features include a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, removable 2,600 mAh battery and microSD slot for memory expansion. The Google Edition will ship with 16 GB of storage and will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
source: The Verge