Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Gets a Nexus Makeover

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Posted 4 years ago

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Gets a Nexus MakeoverThere is a lot to love about the Galaxy S4, Samsung’s latest flagship handset. It has a stunning screen, a great camera, and a lightning-fast processor, all helped by Google’s wonderful Android Jelly Bean 4.2. However, there is one thing letting the phone and operating system down: TouchWiz. Samsung’s user interface is loud and overbearing, and doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table. The stock version of Jelly Bean, on the other hand, is perfectly refined, showing off Android in all its glory, without the unnecessary skin.

If you’re someone that would like a Galaxy S4, but are put off by the thought of TouchWiz, Google has the perfect solution: the Galaxy S4 Nexus, or Nexus 5, or S4 without TouchWiz – or whatever else you want to call it.

During its keynote speech at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google announced that it would be releasing its own variant of the Galaxy S4 – a phone that is stripped of the TouchWiz skin and delivers a pure Android experience with all of the best features of Nexus devices.

“What you’re seeing here is real: this is a Samsung Galaxy S4 with the same software experience we ship on our Nexus devices. It’s Google’s take on Android and it feels awesome on the S4,” said Hugo Barra, VP of Android,  during his speech.

The Nexus version of the Galaxy S4 will come with its bootloader already unlocked, allowing users to receive any updates immediately – one of the major selling points of stock Android. Other than the OS, the device will remain largely the same, and will feature 4G LTE and 16 GB of internal storage space.

The smartphone will go on sale via Google Play next month, for $649, unlocked, and is a sure-fire winner for both Google and Samsung.

– Anthony Carter

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