An interesting new entry has appeared in Samsung’s Open Source Release Center database. Designated as the kernel source for a new device with model number GT-i9505G, it’s rumored to be Galaxy S4 Google Edition code. Why, you ask? Well, the smartphone’s release date – June 26 – is two days away, and Samsung’s Snapdragon edition of the GS4 is the GT-i9505. In addition, the new model number is listed as having received WiFi Alliance certification, and can be now found in the Bluetooth registry.
To add further credence to the rumor, pictures taken with the i9505G have been posted to Picasa recently, potentially (according to a source) by Google employees. While these photos are neigh impossible to verify, they’re the strongest evidence yet of a connection between the new model number and the Galaxy S4 Google Edition.
Of course, it’s entirely possible this source code is for some other smartphone entirely. The “G” at the end of the model number doesn’t necessarily indicate a Google Edition phone; Samsung’s released products before with similar naming schemes, like the 9100G. Looks like we might have to wait until June 26 to find out for sure, but until then, let the speculation and anticipation continue!