Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new Nexus phone

Samsung Galaxy S4 is the new Nexus phoneThe primary Google I/O 2013 keynote wasn’t massively exciting, and there was plenty to be disappointed about with exactly this many new devices: none.

That is unless you count the Samsung Galaxy S4. Yes, the South Korean manufacturer’s flagship has gone all Nexus. What the…?

In a slightly confusing move, it’s not the Motorola X-Phone or the much-discussed Google Nexus 5 taking the flagship Nexus position, but the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Ah well, I guess all that talk of Google and Samsung falling out was a load of nonsense after all.

Essentially, you're looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android, which means being first in the queue for official software updates, and presumably a whole lot more memory available out of the box. Around 7GB of the normal Samsung Galaxy S4’s 16GB is claimed by the phone, leaving users with just 9GB.

It’s not clear what we’re supposed to call this guy yet, possibly Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition or Google Edition. I actually quite like Google Galaxy S4.

In any case, it’ll arrive in the US on June 26, priced $649. We’ll relay word on a UK release date and price for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition just as soon as we hear 'em.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2013 at 12:16

Great news for the original SGS4 shoppers who paid for extra bloat aka TouchWiz...

Stelph  May. 16, 2013 at 13:15

Great news for the original SGS4 shoppers who paid for extra bloat aka TouchWiz...

I thought samsungs version is/was cheaper than this tho? My impression is people are paying a premium to get the stock version.

All very confusing from Google, yes its a "new nexus" but its not the height of innovation we were hoping on really

matt101101 / MOD  May. 16, 2013 at 13:44

Not being American, I have no idea if $649 is more or less than the US SIM Free price of a standard S4. If it's more, why not just buy a normal S4 and put the ROM from this one on it when it's inevitably released on XDA?

CTPAHHIK  May. 16, 2013 at 16:44

What about all new features that Samsung is boasting about? Don't you need software support for those? Will stock support them?

CTPAHHIK  May. 16, 2013 at 16:49

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