There is so much going on with the release of the Galaxy S4 here in the US, that you might miss some of it. And as it rolls out, it continues a tradition as the latest Galaxy S phone to be the flagship one for Samsung. But, there is a coming Galaxy S4 version from Google that is really worth taking a look at. You might wonder why Google is preparing to release their own version of the fantastic Samsung Galaxy S4. And you do not have to look very far to figure out the reason behind their decision to now offer the Google Galaxy S4 for sale.
The value in a Google Galaxy S4 phone should be obvious. Samsung takes the Android OS and adds their pieces to it. Changing how Android was designed to work with what Google’s development team had set up. While those changes are not major, it is enough to make a difference. Then you have each of the wireless carriers adding in their pieces to Android to customize it further to make it more of their own. Each of those steps adds to the Android OS and creates bloatware which many of us do not want to have on your smartphones.
Google has gone to great lengths to provide their Nexus line of phones which honor Android as it was intended to be used. They are now going to be providing that same native setup for a Google version of the Galaxy S4. This will happen on June 26th via Google Play and is something you should watch for. The Google Galaxy S4 will running the Android OS as it was designed. The only draw back is the price which is listed as $650.
For that $659 price, you are getting an unlocked phone which can operate only on AT&T and T-Mobile wireless networks here in the US. Outside the US, there are other GSM carriers with SIM cards which will work with the phone. The question is whether you are willing to spend the money for an unlocked phone. At the moment, it does appear that the Google Galaxy S4 will not be coming with subsidized prices, so an unlocked version is it.