Google To Sell Unlocked Galaxy S4 Running Stock Android
Available for $650 Starting June 26 in Google Play Store
Google today announced a flurry of news at their I/O Conference
, and while the company did not unveil a new Nexus phone, they did announce a new "Google edition" of the Galaxy S4 that will be sold unlocked and comes running a stock version of Android 4.2. According to Google, the phone will feature the "Nexus Google experience" and benefit from quicker Android updates than you traditionally see from the major carriers (which wouldn't be hard).
The ubsubsidized device is carrier unlocked, and has an unlocked bootloader, which obviously makes it easier to install custom ROMs right out of the box. This version of the Galaxy S4 will be available on Google Play starting on June 26 for $650, but will only be usable on either T-Mobile or AT&T.
Google is expected to unveil more "pure" Android-based phones down the road under the Motorola brand, but they weren't detailed at this conference.
There's simply too much being announced at the conference to list, but the live stream is ongoing here
for those interested.