Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 17:03 UTC
Google The big Google I/O keynote is still going on, but one piece of news deserves its own news item: Google just announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. This is a Galaxy S4 with completely stock Android, the same you'd find on a Nexus 4. The bootloader is unlocked, it is carrier unlocked, and will receive update straight from Google. It'll be available from Google Play 26 June. Now - let's hope this comes to all popular Android phones. I'm throwing money at my screen for an HTC One Google Edition.
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Guessing this is the US version only?
by phoenix on Thu 16th May 2013 20:20 UTC
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Since it supports AT&T and T-Mobile LTE in the US, I'm guessing this is the version with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, and not the International version with the Samsung Exynos SoC. ;)

Would have been fun to get drivers for the Exynos, and to play around with the scheduler. Maybe disable the A15 cores and see how it runs with just the 4x A7s. Or get the fine-grained core activation going (where you can swap individual pairs between A15 and A7, instead of the whole quad-core chunks). Etc.

But, this will be just another Qualcomm device, not really that much difference from the Nexus4/Optimus G (slightly faster SoC, but still the same platform).

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