The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available in the U.S on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint with Verizon lagging behind with an expected release date of May 23. A Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was rumored to be announced during the Google I/O keynote, and it looks like that is exactly what Google had planned for today.
Google has announced they’ll soon be selling a stock Android Jelly Bean version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that is fully unlocked and will have LTE support for both AT&T and T-Mobile. The Galaxy S4 Google will be selling will come with 16GB of internal memory, will be bootloader unlocked and will receive prompt system updates. All of this will certainly come at an inflated price as when compared to the Nexus 4 as the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be sold for $649 and will be available on Google Play starting June 26.
It’s interesting to see Google outright accept how popular the Samsung Galaxy S brand has become over the years, especially with its latest Galaxy S4. Customers who want a Nexus-like experience, but don’t necessarily want a Nexus, will certainly pay Google’s asking price in order to get full support from the company in terms of its ability to receive system updates as soon as the company issues them.