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While Google didn’t unveil anything new for the Nexus 4, they did partner up with Samsung to announce the Galaxy S4 running stock Android 4.2 with a pure Nexus experience. As with every other Nexus device, updates will come directly from Google in a timely fashion in comparison to the staggered release from Samsung with their own TouchWiz interface.

The Galaxy S4 supports LTE, where the Nexus 4 doesn’t, however, it’s launching in the US only for now on the Play Store. There’s likely to be ways to go about getting it imported, so the price of $649 is going to be very compelling for a lot of people. The device becomes available on June 26th.

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GreviousMcG
GreviousMcG
7 years ago

Wow….very nice! I feel sorry for LG as Samsung are their main rivals but hey that is capitalism for you.

James Finnigan
7 years ago

This is awesome, and completely surprising. Although I wish Samsung would fix their buttons.

Joshua Hill
7 years ago

Could everybody stop whinging please. If you already bought a S4 you will be able to flash the new pure google OS. If you can’t buy this phone outside the USA get an S4 from a local carrier and flash the new google OS.

Seriously, if you visit this webpage and comment on articles you have the skills to flash an OS on your phone.

Hikari0307
Hikari0307
7 years ago

So with vanilla android, I’m assuming no exFAT support?

lobie81
lobie81
7 years ago

Will it retain the SD card slot? If so, that’s a pretty big deal for a nexus device…

Buzz Moody
Reply to  lobie81
7 years ago

It most certainly does. Hugo made a good point about it having expandable storage.

derp
derp
Reply to  lobie81
7 years ago

its not a nexus device. its not been designed by google.

its just running stock google software. Any manufacturer is allowed to do this if they want. Doesnt the xperia z have this as well?

Andrew Palozzo
7 years ago

I had no problems importing 2 Nexus 4’s from the the US using a third party shipping providers (www.shipito.com). I’d be very inclined to jump on this, as I really want 4G / LTE.. baring it supports our networks.

Also I won’t miss any of the samsung crap.. s-pen / hover / eye tracking.. it’s all a gimmick imo.

David Anderton
7 years ago

I really hope they make this available outside of google play… as in from Australian carriers.

Marcus
Marcus
7 years ago

I’ve always wanted a Galaxy without Samsung bloatware and this is it.
Will this be the only Google phone for the next 12 months?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Marcus
7 years ago

I doubt it. Google will launch their own Nexus device.

nicholas
nicholas
7 years ago

but will it be able to do things like smart hover/scroll/etc..

Buzz Moody
Reply to  nicholas
7 years ago

I hope not.

nicholas
nicholas
Reply to  Buzz Moody
7 years ago

but without something like Smart Stay.. it’s hard to go back to a phone without these features. More use of sensors = good IMO.

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  nicholas
7 years ago

Seriously? You’re incapable of pressing the power button after you’ve finished using your phone like millions of other people do?

nicholas
nicholas
Reply to  Andrew
7 years ago

err.. wot? i don’t like the screen timing out on me when i’m in the middle of reading something.

Danny!
Danny!
Reply to  nicholas
7 years ago

Increase your timeout. Lock your phone when you’re not using it.

Tony Ng
Tony Ng
7 years ago

Is it coming to aus?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Tony Ng
7 years ago

Not likely. You can always find way to import it.

Sean Royce
Sean Royce
7 years ago

FUUUUUUUUCK, WHY DID I GET A NEXUS 4 A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO!

Conan Thorogood
Conan Thorogood
7 years ago

WWWHAAAT?! *spits coffee everywhere*

if this was widely available, that would be it. no one else would stand a chance.

Conan Thorogood
Conan Thorogood
Reply to  Conan Thorogood
7 years ago

although i have very little trust in samsung to not mess this up somehow.

dazweeja
dazweeja
Reply to  Conan Thorogood
7 years ago

This would appeal to a very small percentage of potential smartphone buyers, especially when you tell them they can have a S4 but it won’t have any of the features that they see in the Samsung ads. I think it’s a good move but mainly because it means that if you get any Snapdragon-based Galaxy S4, you’ll be able to get a fully-working AOSP ROM. I know there is the CyanogenMod option but honestly there is usually a significant lag before a stable CM version catches up to the latest version of AOSP, and honestly CM is not as good… Read more »

Conan Thorogood
Conan Thorogood
Reply to  dazweeja
7 years ago

yeah you’re probably right. i always assume people see samsung’s “features” for the half-baked gimmicks that they are, but of course that isn’t the case.

Anthonaut
Anthonaut
7 years ago

I don’t believe it! If they bring this to Aus then I think I’ve just found my next phone!

Avon Perera
7 years ago

Damnit Google! Stop making these things US exclusive! I’ve been waiting for something like this for 3 years now!

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Avon Perera
7 years ago

I have a feeling it’ll be Samsung pushing the US-only launch.

No One
No One
7 years ago

It will be better if core features of GS4 can be kept like multi-windows and dual camera.

Adam Sacco
Adam Sacco
Reply to  No One
7 years ago

I think it’s fair to say they won’t. Those are touchwiz features, not android features.

James Finnigan
Reply to  Adam Sacco
7 years ago

And they’re horrible! Actually, I take that back – multi-window isn’t horrible, it’s just pointless.

HH
HH
7 years ago

Can an existing GS4 be flashed to stock without voiding warranty? That would be cool.

dazweeja
dazweeja
Reply to  HH
7 years ago

You’d probably want to flash it back to the carrier ROM using Kies/Odin before claiming warranty but that’s not usually an issue.

James Finnigan
Reply to  HH
7 years ago
Beredan
Beredan
7 years ago

I really want one of these.