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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This is awesome!
by WorknMan on Thu 16th May 2013 01:41 UTC
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Man, how awesome is this for those of us in the US, even if you stick with carrier versions? Assuming that the following are true:

1. All the carrier versions get unlocked bootloaders, AND ...
2. The Google version has pretty much identical hardware to the carrier versions

When Google updates their unlocked version, you should be able to flash the carrier versions with the same update, like you could with the VZW Gnex. It'll be like having a Nexus device on every carrier, just without the shitty radio of the VZW Gnex ;) Sure, it won't be a 'real' Nexus, but for 'enthusiasts', there won't really be any difference. You'll get a choice whether to use the Touchwiz stuff (which I might actually stick with) or just go with stock.

Edited 2013-05-16 01:43 UTC

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RE: This is awesome!
by glarepate on Thu 16th May 2013 14:35 in reply to "This is awesome!"
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2006-01-04

me = wet blanket?

Didn't see any announcement of carrier versions. Just that it would be available from the Play Store June 26th.

This doesn't mean there won't be any carrier versions but but carriers use locked phones and subsidies to ensure customer fidelity and normally only sell unlocked phones at retail price, thus channeling most consumers to the locked handsets.

No reason not to hope though. There's always T-Mobile with their 'uncarrier' initiative.

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RE[2]: This is awesome!
by WorknMan on Thu 16th May 2013 22:46 in reply to "RE: This is awesome!"
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2005-11-13

Didn't see any announcement of carrier versions. Just that it would be available from the Play Store June 26th.


When I said 'carrier versions', I meant the ones that our out now, not the 'Google Edition' carrier versions. The T-mo one is already unlocked, and they claim to have the AT&T one unlocked as well.

IMO, it seems like an unlocked carrier version would be just as good as the Google Edition, assuming you don't mind flashing your own roms. And how many people buy a Nexus phone and don't flash custom roms anyway? ;)

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