Google launching Galaxy S4 with stock Jelly Bean

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
May 15, 2013 7:39 PM |

Here's one for you Android-purists -- and I know there are more than a few of you out there. In a rather surprise announcement, Google, at their I/O conference, stated that they would soon be selling a version of Samsung's Galaxy S 4 flagship that runs stock Jelly Bean Android. No Touchwiz, no carrier "enhancements," nothing. Just clean, unadulterated Android.

Dropping June 26 on Google's Play store, it will cost a rather hefty $649, which brings 16GB of storage and support for AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as LTE for both carriers. Google promise firmware updates in line with their Nexus handsets, and the powerhouse specs of the Galaxy S4 remain, including the 13MP camera, quad-core processor, 5" 1080p Super AMOLED screen and 2GB of RAM.

It's a pretty steep price, but contract-free, stock Android on one of the world's most powerful devices is likey reason enough to get many excited for release day.

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