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Google Announces Samsung Galaxy S4 With “Nexus User Experience”

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Google, on stage during the I/O keynote, just announced that they will sell a Samsung Galaxy S4 directly through Google Play with an unlocked bootloader, stock Android experience, LTE support, connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile, with a “Nexus experience,” and as a device that will receive updates promptly.

The device will launch June 26 on Google Play for $649.

If you wanted the Galaxy S4 as the clean phone you always envisioned, this is your chance to get it. 

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Be sure to watch along as they unveil more during today’s keynote!

  • SoftestKitty

    Me too. I’m ready to just drop them because they’re not going to have this, and I doubt they’ll have the new Nexus 4 with LTE either. I’m getting sick of my Galaxy Nexus but I can’t find a phone worth upgrading to, and any phone I am intrested in verizon won’t sell it.

  • Shilamar Drea Shockley

    If they were selling this phone for like, $450, they might be sold out right now. Lol. Just saying.

  • chris125

    Sad now you lose all the enhancements(camera for example) and get stuck with the lesser software with stock android camera app.

  • Yonas Abraham

    by june 26, S IV will drop in price to $300

  • Does anyone know what processor will this one have?

  • Kevin Olson

    White only?

  • TylerChappell

    the sheer number of people not willing to fork out $649 will keep them alive at least a bit longer.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    God i hate verizon

  • joejoe5709

    Hmmmm. Weird. Like a Galaxy Nexus2. But not. Still hoping for a real next gen Nexus. On Verizon.

  • William_Morris

    I see what you did there.

  • William_Morris


  • My guess is that Samsung is setting the price.

  • noseratu

    are they going to make the menu button into a task switcher button?

  • alex drum

    here is my thought on this he said “we continue to be blown away, like for example the HTC one or the samsung galaxy S4” he procedes to pull out an S4 and talk about how its not ready yet but i’m hoping the mention of the HTC one was not so random and they will be doing the same on the HTC one! (i know the likelihood of this is < 0.0001%). I dont get how people on the android team can criticize/complain about the dominance that samsung has yet they continue to release stock android only on samsung phones. how does that make any sense?!

  • Sweet! My Verizon contract is already up, just paying month-by-month until a phone interests me enough to switch, and I think this is it 😀

  • nathanjb7

    Do you think the Dev Community will be able to port over the “Nexus User Experience” to the Verizon GS4?

  • Will Frame

    What is the point of this? Without the Touchwiz camera software and other heavily advertised Samsung features, it’s basically just another Nexus. It also goes against Samsung’s basic philosophy. Options are nice, but we already have a Nexus and will probably have another one soon. I bought the GS4 for the camera features. The stock Android camera sucks all kinds of balls.

    • NexusMan

      It has LTE. And a back that won’t crack. And better specs…compared to the current Nexus.

  • Joseph K

    $650? Ouch! I guess I keep my Nexus 4.

    • MRIANB

      I was gonna sell my Nezus 4 for it but damn $650 is more than I want to pay. Loving my tmobile $30 monthly plan.

      Ian B

  • Tech Pro

    Nexus 4S for short or Google Nexus 4S Galaxy S4 with S4 CPU.

  • chris125

    and 1080p screen, better camera, newer processor, just to name a few

    • I was mentioning things that Nexus phones generally don’t have, well at least the non removable battery is recent as all before the N4 had removable batteries. But yes all those things as well. Does the GS4 support the fast charge system that Qualcomm built into the Snapdragon 600?

  • master94

    Holy sh!t. I had a nerdgasm

  • Stevedub40

    Maybe, just maybe, though, this could help with development for the Verizon variant of the device?

  • brkshr

    If sources are not published like Nexus phones, then I’m interested

  • F*CK YOU VERIZON!!! lol it’s like I’m in a abusive relationship with verzion but I just can’t leave.

    • gregmr

      You should change your username to “Rihanna”

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    damn! i know a couple people that are pissed.

  • renGek

    Thats how much GN cost when it first came out. Besides this is pricing by samsung not google.

  • Jeremy Martin

    Once again screwed over on Verizon….remember back in the day when we used to get the top of the line undisputed king of the phones? Also AT&T seemed to have nothing more than crap phones or phones that were just about as good as Verizon?

    Those days sure have changed for the worse for us VZW users. Unlimited data is still more important to me than this so im a VZW customer still for a little while longer.

    • mike

      Im pretty sure it’s because the verizon version isnt released yet. Hopefully once it drops, they’ll put one out.

  • TheWenger

    Right when the G-Nex came out? That’s the last time I can remember.

    • Diablo81588

      Uh no lol..

    • Yup. Snagged the gnex release day and nothing’s come out that’s made me want to upgrade since..


  • DA623

    Being stuck on Verizon (multiple lines with different contract lengths as well as my job takes me to areas that Verizon is the only carrier that works), I hope the ROM developers port this to the standard Verizon Galaxy S4. I like Samsungs interface but I would love to have the option to have the newest Android with a Nexus-style stock experience as well.

  • chris125

    I wonder if with this it will make it easier to port stock android to the verizon version since we cant get this one?

  • Royal Assassin

    The last time I ordered a hot product from the Play Store it took a month to get to me. It’s $650 and I have Verizon. Pass!

    • GarnetandBlack

      The last time I ordered (N7), it never got to me and they finally refunded my money after over a month of telling me they couldn’t…

      Oh yeah, and no Verizon…

      • Royal Assassin

        Oh man, that’s rough :(. I love my N7 and that’s the product I was talking about lol….I sure was salty that month though.

  • Ryan

    600+ for a phone. Ef that noise.

  • bananatroll

    absolutely pathetic. Physical home buttom for the FAIL, crappy built hardware = FAIL, GSM only = FAIL.

    I’m starting to think that us verzon users are forever doomed to skinned crap!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      You can thank Verizon for CDMA.

      • bananatroll

        CDMA has been around long before the inception of the network known as verizon. Its not that hard to make compatible devices for it believe it or not. The problem here is VERIZON. Because of them I will likely ditch android completely when my next phone comes around – unless I can find a still brand new in the box gnex.

  • Down Goes HTC!…$649 is a stretch for me though, hopefully some deals will show up…

    • NYCHitman1

      It’s being sold directly from the Google Play Store. What “deals” are you expecting exactly?

  • FINALLY!!!! don’t have to be under the tyranny of VERIZON!!! Cant wait to be done with them, so getting this!!!!!

  • Guess this means we can forget seeing any more pure Google devices on VZW.

  • ChrisI

    All the bitching and complaining on here about Verizon not taking part in this. “Maybe I’ll leave….”, or “F you Verizon….”. Whatever guys, they won’t give a $hit about you until you take your money and business elsewhere. Simple as that. Stop SAYING you’re going to leave, and do it. They’ll care about what you think once their revenues drop 20% for pissing off their customer base.

    • Big Whoop

      You’re dreaming if you think they’ll lose 20% of their revenue because 5 dorks who care about Nexus phones leave.

      • Dude

        It’s not about just the Nexus phone. It’s been a string of poor decisions, removal of certain plans, crap phone choices, and total [email protected] on monthly charges that pushes people away from Verizon. Ask yourself this one question: how many customer would leave Verizon if today, right now, they got rid of all unlimited data plans? That seems to be the main reason people stick around. I’m on Sprint because of it, tiered data is a total sham and consumer ripoff.

        • chris125

          sadly majority of people dont care as it shows by people not switching. First and foremost it is about coverage which in 95% of the places verizon has better coverage hands down. No matter how great the phones are if the network sucks the phone is worthless.

        • Diablo81588

          Sprint is worthless. Don’t even compare that trash to Verizon, at any price.

          • bananatroll


          • izick

            Sprint should be compared seeing that part of being a Sprint user is having access to Verizon’s network almost 100% of the time. They pay Verizon almost 5-7 billion a year to be their back up when their network can’t rise to the occasion with coverage.

        • TylerChappell

          unlimited data and best coverage where I live are the only reasons I’m staying

      • Wayne

        Make that 6 dorks. I am probably leaving Verizon for just that reason.

  • Oh good. I was debating whether I wanted a GS4 or an HTC One. My VZW contract expired in April, so I’ve just been in a holding pattern.

  • I JUST bought a One! Urghhhhhhh!

  • Knlegend1


  • All the people complaining about price, really? You really think Samsung will screw over att and tmobile in the process by selling it for $400. Why would someone by from them if they could get it for that price with pure android. It’s one of those things that if you want it bad enough you would pay for it.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Logic man, I dig it!

    • Intellectua1

      Exactly what I was thinking..

  • Kyle Cordiano

    People need to get over removable batteries. You think 10 years from now, they are going to include that with technology much more advanced than it is now….

    • Charles Miller

      Everyone is different sir. While you may not need removable batteries some of us can not get through a day or travel without them. I’m at I/o right now and with doing business and personal things I am on 50 percent of my second battery by noon. To you maybe it’s useless. For me it’s necessity. Android and technology are for everyone and we should not force it to be for just a group of users but make things to fit everyone’s needs

      • when i’m out and about i carry 4 batteries with me (one in the phone, three out), if i’m drinking at a bar or on a bus traveling its not hard to burn through two of them in a day, i barely make it 8 hours on one of the extended once in a day at work, between music and web browsing on my break and on the shitter

  • C-Law

    I hope t mobile will let you finance this phone.

    • Tim242

      They won’t, because they aren’t selling them.