Google and Samsung Release Galaxy S4 Google Edition

Galaxy S4 Google Edition (White)

Samsung and Google teamed up to bring a new version of the Galaxy S4 to consumers in the United States via the Google Play Store.  The Galaxy S4 Google Edition is a Galaxy S4 on the outside, but a little bit different of a beast on the inside.  The internal hardware is the same, but the big difference is the software that it runs.  The Google Edition runs a bare-bones version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with no modifications to the UI or additional applications from Samsung or any carrier.  While this definitely makes the phone more lean, there are some big features missing that helped separate the Galaxy S4 from the competition such as AirView, special camera app functionality, and a lot more.

The Google Edition also has an unlocked bootloader, which basically allows users and developers to flash custom ROMs such as Paranoid Android or Cyanogenmod to their device without voiding the warranty.

You can buy the Galaxy S4 Google Edition from the Play Store in the US today for $649.99.

Source: Unlocked Galaxy S4