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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:23

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The list of phones running the pure Google version of Android is about to increase by one as Samsung prepares the Galaxy S4 “Google Edition”.

Google’s big developer conference, I/O, is often the stage for new products, and this year is promising to be bigger than any other. Despite shifting from two smaller keynotes to one larger keynote, Google is ready to put on quite a show tomorrow. Part of the big day will be to announce a new version of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S4. While Samsung’s phone is an incredible piece of hardware, many users find themselves less than pleased with Samsung’s version of Android. To resolve this once and for all, we’ve learned that a pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) version of the Galaxy S4 is being prepped for launch and will be unveiled during the I/O keynote.

Not to be confused with a Nexus phone, which is a piece of hardware made with Google’s guiding hand, the Galaxy S4 GE will feature stock Android inside Samsung’s familiar plastic casing. According our sources on hand at Google I/O, this Google Edition phone is a collaboration between Samsung and Google to address a growing group of users that prefer stock Android on something other than a Nexus. In order to accomplish this right now, users would need to install custom versions of Android like CyanogenMod. Complete with removable battery and expandable storage with the MicroSD card slot, this phone could certainly address this growing niche.

This Google Edition S4 is expected to be made available starting in June and will be available on T-Mobile bands. At this time we are unaware of pricing or whether more bands will be made available. It’s also unclear if Samsung will be selling the phone or if it will be available through the Google Play Store.



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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:26

Awesome News

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:39

Awesome News


Ye it is great news. I use the Nexus 4 right now and i just love the pure Android system. A lot of my friends have the S3 and there is a big difference between the OS and i always preferred the pure Google system.

I wonder if Google will sell if from the Play Store, will the price be subsidised just like the N4 was.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:53

I'm in the market for a new Android device, and I only go for pure Android (Nexus-style) ones. The Nexus 4 is just.... really unappealing. So I hope this thing goes on sale in the UK soon. ;)

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:54

I like my Android like I like my Milkshakes, Vanilla.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:54

This a great news I guess but what worries me are updates. After getting burnt with the Galaxy Nexus (great phone but held back by Samsung/carriers), I really hope all these pure Google phones are updated directly by Google and circumvent both the OEMs and carriers. Otherwise it's going to turn into a huge farce (again). Yes, I know you can root the phone and put any firmware you like on it, but what is the point of a pure Google phone that relies on the user to update it? makes it rather pointless in my opinion.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:57

I'm in the market for a new Android device, and I only go for pure Android (Nexus-style) ones. The Nexus 4 is just.... really unappealing. So I hope this thing goes on sale in the UK soon. ;)


What do you mean by unappealing? In what way?
I use the N4 for months now and i thin it's amazing.

This a great news I guess but what worries me are updates. After getting burnt with the Galaxy Nexus (great phone but held back by Samsung/carriers), I really hope all these pure Google phones are updated directly by Google and circumvent both the OEMs and carriers. Otherwise it's going to turn into a huge farce (again). Yes, I know you can root the phone and put any firmware you like on it, but what is the point of a pure Google phone that relies on the user to update it? makes it rather pointless in my opinion.


I have the N4 and there was one update since i have it and it was perfect. The update came from Google and worked perfectly.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:12

What do you mean by unappealing? In what way?
I use the N4 for months now and i thin it's amazing.



I have the N4 and there was one update since i have it and it was perfect. The update came from Google and worked perfectly.


That is what I mean, when Google take control and update the phone directly it's fantastic. However, when the OEM takes control (and/or the carrier interferes) it becomes are nightmare! my Galaxy Nexus is perfect example of what I don't want to see happen again. Because I got my Nexus from my carrier, it is not supported by Google (Samsung support all carrier supported variants, Google wanted nothing todo with it since they know dealing with the carriers is a pain) and Samsung couldn't careless about the phone and (rumour has it) they have dropped support entirely for the phone after 4.1.2 (well in Australia they have). So if you want anything later (despite Google supported Galaxy Nexus phones running 4.2.2 with rumours of getting 4.3 as well) it's tough luck and your forced to root the phone to get an update you should be getting.

To be honest it's left a very sour taste in my mouth and almost completely put me off getting another Nexus device (adding to the frustration is seeing OEM devices getting newer versions of Android and getting them faster)...sort of destroys the experience in my humble opinion.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:18

That is what I mean, when Google take control and update the phone directly it's fantastic. However, when the OEM takes control (and/or the carrier interferes) it becomes are nightmare! my Galaxy Nexus is perfect example of what I don't want to see happen again. Because I got my Nexus from my carrier, it is not supported by Google (Samsung support all carrier supported variants, Google wanted nothing todo with it since they know dealing with the carriers is a pain) and Samsung couldn't careless about the phone and (rumour has it) they have dropped support entirely for the phone after 4.1.2 (well in Australia they have). So if you want anything later (despite Google supported Galaxy Nexus phones running 4.2.2 with rumours of getting 4.3 as well) it's tough luck and your forced to root the phone to get an update you should be getting.

To be honest it's left a very sour taste in my mouth and almost completely put me off getting another Nexus device (adding to the frustration is seeing OEM devices getting newer versions of Android and getting them faster)...sort of destroys the experience in my humble opinion.


Well, dont judge the whole thing by one experience. I believe that if Google will see the phone in it's Play Store then they will do all updates and everything, Samsung wont have anything to do with it. Just wait and see how things will roll. Besides a new Nexus should come out this year as well so that could be an option.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:22

Well, dont judge the whole thing by one experience. I believe that if Google will see the phone in it's Play Store then they will do all updates and everything, Samsung wont have anything to do with it. Just wait and see how things will roll. Besides a new Nexus should come out this year as well so that could be an option.


Yeah I know, is why I said "almost" put me off getting another. The Nexus 4 was a step in the right direction and if they continue to keep doing that I may get my next phone direct from Google. I'm not due for a new phone for another year anyway, so wait and see what happens between now and then (Y)

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:26

Yeah I know, is why I said "almost" put me off getting another. The Nexus 4 was a step in the right direction and if they continue to keep doing that I may get my next phone direct from Google. I'm not due for a new phone for another year anyway, so wait and see what happens between now and then (Y)


If you are planing to purchase a phone from Google Play Store for example then there is no meaning for your contract. I would suggest in any case to purchase a phone without a contract. I do it for the past several years. I doesnt limit me from changing phones and it doesnt lock me to one company.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:27

What do you mean by unappealing? In what way?
I use the N4 for months now and i thin it's amazing.


The design is a bit plasticy and a bit plain and also the performance is quite far down the line compared to the competition.

I've had a Galaxy Nexus for a over 18 months now, and it is a great phone. It was a super high end phone at the time of it's release. The Nexus 4 is not as high end as I'd like it to be.

I'd like something that has the performance of the HTC One but as a pure Android phone. I think this S4 thing will be the nearest I'll get. The S4 is a really ugly phone which is a shame but at least it has the performance and the display.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:33

The design is a bit plasticy and a bit plain and also the performance is quite far down the line compared to the competition.

I've had a Galaxy Nexus for a over 18 months now, and it is a great phone. It was a super high end phone at the time of it's release. The Nexus 4 is not as high end as I'd like it to be.

I'd like something that has the performance of the HTC One but as a pure Android phone. I think this S4 thing will be the nearest I'll get. The S4 is a really ugly phone which is a shame but at least it has the performance and the display.


I see this from a lot of people, wanting top of the line phones with the best performance possible. The thing is phone today has hardware that is way over what the software really needs. What do you think the S4 is able to do that the N4 cant do? Of course i'm not saying to buy the N4 now because a new one is just around the corner but the race for the latest and best phone is most of the time not really logical.

About the design i cant argue but it's a matter of taste really. I think the design is actually really nice and simple.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:37

If you are planing to purchase a phone from Google Play Store for example then there is no meaning for your contract. I would suggest in any case to purchase a phone without a contract. I do it for the past several years. I doesnt limit me from changing phones and it doesnt lock me to one company.

Well for the moment it does, still have 1 year left in my contract and getting a new phone now will force me break the current one (which has a hefty early termination fee). So the plan was to wait to when the contract is over (and current handset paid off) then buy a new handset direct from Google and move to a cheaper plan. That said that plan is not in concrete, depending on my financial situation at the time I might just get another phone on contract. It's more of a "I would like to" kinda plan but no guarantees I can follow through on it :laugh:

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:41

Well for the moment it does, still have 1 year left in my contract and getting a new phone now will force me break the current one (which has a hefty early termination fee). So the plan was to wait to when the contract is over (and current handset paid off) then buy a new handset direct from Google and move to a cheaper plan. That said that plan is not in concrete, depending on my financial situation at the time I might just get another phone on contract. It's more of a "I would like to" kinda plan but no guarantees I can follow through on it :laugh:


But if you purchase a phone from Google Play Store it comes without any contract or anything. And you dont break your contract with your carrier, you just switch to a different phone on the same contract.