In the annual Google I/O Conference today, the company announced its plan of releasing an unlocked and stock version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. This confirms the rumors circulating recently regarding a possible new collaboration with Samsung, only this time it involves “sanitizing” Sammy’s flagship phone from TouchWiz modifications.
According to their press release, the plan is to sell the unlocked S4 through Google Play. Similar to other Nexus devices, the move guarantees timely Android updates for Galaxy fans. The bootloader of the device also comes unlocked, adding to its overall flexibility.
Starting June26, the stock Samsung Galaxy S4 will be sold in the US for $649 without a contract or carrier subsidy. LTE is expected to be enabled and should work fine with both AT&T and T-Mobile.