The 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.