Galaxy S4 Google Edition is official, coming on June 26 with stock Android

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 15, 2013


It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy S4 just got even better at Google I/O. Hugo Barra just announced that the Galaxy S4 will have a Google Edition, just like we reported this morning.

The device will run stock Android, seemingly with no modifications from Samsung. For all software purposes, this is a Nexus device, meaning that it will get prompt updates directly from Google, without the intervention of Samsung or carriers.

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition (unofficial name, for the moment) will sell through the Play Store and it will first become available on June 26. The 16GB model will ship with an unlocked bootloader and will cost $649.

According to Barra, the stock Android Galaxy S4 will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and will support LTE. Hardware seems to have remained unchanged, meaning that users will finally get an AOSP device with a removable battery and a microSD card slot.

For now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will sell in the United States only.

Stay tuned for more details.

  • MasterMuffin

    US ONLY!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!??!????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!!??!?!?!???!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!??!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!???!??!!??!!??!?!??!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!??!???!?!!?!!?????!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!!?!!?!?!?!!?!?!!!?!?!!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

    • Anonymousfella

      I know! That ruined it for me…

      • Anon

        Its just a GS4 that has an unlocked bootloader. It would take you 10 minutes to do that yourself….

        • MasterMuffin

          And vanilla Android with instant updates

          • daysofdre

            as soon as the vanilla rom drops its going to be uploaded on xda developers. and when the updates drop they will be uploaded to xda developers. its a moot point.

    • Probably for now, if it sells well then maybe more. Google is US based though, that’s their home market.

      • Anonymousfella

        True but android fans/enthusiasts are spread all over the globe!

    • Yun WANG

      that is bad news for oveseas Android lovers. Wondering if this is the samsung way to get around Apple’s lawsuits

  • KUSH

    LOL @ all the people on the previous post calling it hogwash and saying it’s never gonna happen. HOW YOU LIKE ME KNOW SNITCHES!!!!!

  • Jack

    Just got the S4, I feel ripped off!

    • webster miller

      It won’t take long for the ROM to be flashable over the touchwiz handicapped ATT/Tmob versions.

      • The happy bunch at XDA should be able to make this ROM flashable and available for everyone… I’m hoping even for my S3 (could be a long shot)

      • Jack

        Yeah but I got the octa-core variant which does not support lte meaning that my phone is different to that of what google’s s4 would be. Therefore the sources would be of no help.

      • Biavela

        First thing that came to my mind when rumors began, so when i get tired of touchwiz I’ll flash this ROM.

  • US only huh… hmp thats a bummer

  • Jordan Irwin

    Please Verizon Please!

  • No Play Store discount?! Not shelling out $650, no way. Also….most of the S4’s advantages are in Samsungs software. You’re almost better just grabbing an S3.

    • I disagree with you!!
      IMO the worst part of S3 it’s Samsung software, and $650 for a S4 it’s reaaaaally a good price, here in Brazil the original version costs about USD 1200.

    • rikyy

      1. Pick the Google Edition S4 for less money

      2. Change the ROM
      3. Install stock Touchwiz
      4. ?????
      5. Profit

  • monkeypox69

    Wish I had an extra $649 lying around, LOL

    I could afford it if I wanted to, but it’s hard for me to justify spending this much on a phone.

  • HitokiriX

    I just messed my pants.

  • What about me GOOGLE????

  • mario

    Sprint gets no love. Wheres the Nexus 4 LTE !?

    • MSmith79

      Biggest bummer. I’ve been waiting for a month now for the announcement of the Verizon LTE Nexus 4. Nothing. Heck…even the S4 isn’t Verizon.

  • Quick updates are awesome! This is like the Nexus everyone has been asking for. So much for the Nexus 5… Or what can that bring?

    • Anonymousfella

      Better hardware?
      PS- Nexus 4 is pretty capable(has amazing hardware) so nexus5 is bound to get better…

  • Lucas Barbosa

    I wonder if it will be possible to flash a Google Edition ROM on the International Galaxy S4 (turning it into a nexus…) ???????????

    • nishantsirohi123

      it always is because samsung never locks the bootloader

  • tBs_Battousai

    Google to rest of the world:- “hey, up yours!! thank you and goodnight”…

  • So of this will be a nexus device then it will be the first one to offer a sdcard…

    • nishantsirohi123

      original nexus one by HTC had sd card slot

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  • MSmith79

    Wonder how the buttons will work, since S4 has them built into the case on the bottom, and it’s missing the app switching button.

  • No One

    It will be good however the remain questions are:
    1. Will it only available in US or will be more?
    2. Will it come with 32GB variant?
    3. Will it remain core features of GS4 such as: multiwindows, dual camera shot…?

    If it is yes to all above, I will definitely get one, otherwise will need time to think about it.

    • No One

      On 2nd though, I still prefer buying the GS4 is it more than stock android. Even though most of features are gimmicky but still a lot useful in there. Buying the international version will skip 1 delay update process from provider.

  • MSmith79

    Just can’t swallow $649. Not when the Nexus is sitting right next to it at $349. Maybe the Nexus isn’t as high speced, but it actually feels more expensive than the plasticky cheap feel that the S4 has.

    • Ryozaku

      The irony is the nexus is made of the same plastic. Plus there are too many advantages to this version.

  • nishantsirohi123

    vanilla android
    with highest spec,
    removable battery and expandable memory
    oh no……….aaah……….i think i just came

  • Tw1sted247

    Which Processor

  • i want that thing!!

    Whwn will we see a “Google Edition# HTC one?

  • Greg Wirtz

    Screwed by Verizon again…