The Galaxy S4 Google Edition has been apparently spotted receiving Bluetooth 4.0 certification at the Bluetooth SIG under model number GT-I9505G.
The Nexus experience Galaxy S4 was announced at Google I/O last week, although Google did not reveal too many details about it (not even the commercial name of the product is known yet), leaving much room for educated guesses.
It’s actually the SIG that tells us the model number for the device, GT-I9505G, which is clearly very similar to the GT-I9505 model number for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version of the handset. Naturally, we will note that the SIG doesn’t actually specify that the GT-I9505G is the Nexus experience Galaxy S4, but that “G” most likely stands for Google Edition.
That said, it seems that the Galaxy S4 Google Edition is a variation of the GT-I9505 – in fact it’s logical to assume that the only differences between the two models are in the software section. An earlier report did suggest that the Nexus experience Galaxy S4 is a T-Mobile Galaxy S4 version running modified software.
On stage, Google only revealed that the Google Edition version would offer 16GB of storage and LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile. The company also said the handset would ship with an unlocked bootloader – and considering that you can only purchase it for full price it would also be carrier-unlocked.
Furthermore, the SIG also tells us that the GT-I9505G will have Bluetooth 4.0 support, which isn’t an extraordinary feature considering that “regular” Galaxy S4 versions have received similar certification.
But it’s worth remembering that Google quietly confirmed at Google I/O that its next Android OS version will support Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth low energy or BLE, and part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification) which is good news for all Android users that have a Bluetooth 4.0-ready device. Therefore, we’d expect the Galaxy S4 Google Edition to have BLE support at some point in the future.
The Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available solely from the Google Play Store and will cost $649 starting with June 26 when it launches. Sadly, the handset will be available only in the U.S., at least at first, according to what Google told a publication during the conference.