The search giant didnâ€™t introduce Nexus 4, but came out with Google Samsung Galaxy S4 running on stock Android Jelly Bean. We take a look at its specs, price
In a total unexpected turn of events, Google Inc unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4: Google Edition which runs stock Android Jelly Bean. The Google Edition SGS4, launched during the ongoing Google I/O 2013, would be hitting the US shores in June besides supporting both T-Mobile and AT&T LTE networks.
At present there is no news of the device being made available worldwide. The internet giant would be selling a fully unlocked version of the Galaxy S4 (complete with unlocked bootloader) and a completely stock version of Android. Given that that this is a fully sanctioned Google device, one can expect prompt updates, something that isn’t always the case while dealing directly with the device manufacturer. This also means the device will be updated at the same time as Googleâ€™s own Nexus devices.
Google’s version of the Galaxy S4 will be available from the Play Store beginning June 26 at a price of $649. The device will come with 16GB of storage. Giving the details about updated version of android operating system, Sundar Pichai, Android chief, said: â€œThe mobile operating system is on track to hit 900 million device activations for 2013. This compares to 100 million activations in 2011, and 400 activations in 2012. Over 48 billion apps have been installed to date on Android devices (2.5 billion of which came within the last month)â€.
Meanwhile, Google is looking to directly against Apple’s popular Game Center with its only gaming service: Google Play Game Services. The new Android gaming serve will features cloud game saves, achievements, matchmaking, and of course, leaderboards. Developers will not only be able to implement these features on Android devices, but also on iOS devices as well.
Google also introduced a new subscription music service: Google Play Music All Access. Users can stream music on-demand at a price of $9.99/month. Those that choose to sign up before June 30 can get a slight discount to $7.99/month. If you just want to get your feet wet in the service, there is also a 30-day free trial.