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Topic # 118985 16-May-2013 05:53
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Google have announced they are going to run the Nexus firmware on the S4. 

Should make custom ROMS interesting.





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  Reply # 820410 16-May-2013 07:26
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heard the rumours yesterday. Will make for an interesting phone without all the bloatware, speedwise it should fly




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  Reply # 820414 16-May-2013 07:53
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Depending on the update regime this could sway me to an S4. If Samsung are (and I suspect they will be) responsible for updates then their is little chance that updates will be as quick as nexus'

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  Reply # 820425 16-May-2013 08:10

Wade: Depending on the update regime this could sway me to an S4. If Samsung are (and I suspect they will be) responsible for updates then their is little chance that updates will be as quick as nexus'


Apparently this will get updates direct from google just like the nexus in a timely manner. A bummer only for sale in the usa

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  Reply # 820427 16-May-2013 08:12
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I stand corrected, Google have claimed they will be responsible for updates, i suppose the million dollar question will be can the "pure google" OS be installed on Touchwiz S4's and which versions?

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  Reply # 820432 16-May-2013 08:29
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yes it seems strange that Samsung would let go of all their drivel they install but it is a bit of a coup over the competitors.

I actually don't mind some Samsung bloat but use custom firmware to filter it. Been on AOKP/CM10.1 mix for last 2 weeks and whilst it has a lot of features it seems bulky and prone to restarts but could be just me.

Seems quite pricey given it hasn't got all flash software.




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  Reply # 820436 16-May-2013 08:35
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freitasm: I think the subject should read "Galaxy S4 to run stock Android"...



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  Reply # 820444 16-May-2013 08:43
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hmm...S4 running stock droid....now this has me intrigued... I really enjoy the pure droid experience.. Currently I am having my first week with Sense 5 (HTC One) and I am liking it indeed..

I just had about 17 months with Samung GNex - pure android. I did have a few complaints with it:
- battery
- sometimes laggy processor
- camera

S4 running stock would pretty much overcome all of these complaints! Having said that, I am liking the change from Stock Droid. But for others who want to experience top end hardware with probably one of the best software, S4 with stock droid has my vote. It is a grand idea.. Well done Google!

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  Reply # 820468 16-May-2013 09:39
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Hmm, so we now effectively have a "Nexus" type device (ie Vanilla Android with Google provided updates) but with the one thing Google said the Nexus range wouldn't have .... expandable storage. Interesting, but will it be the US only model as implied earlier?

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  Reply # 820479 16-May-2013 09:50
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Here's hoping that the (hopeful) success of this google edition s4 could be pivotal in changing the future direction of android as far as skins and timely updates

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  Reply # 820512 16-May-2013 10:32
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Here's hoping Kiwis can buy this via the Google Play store rather than be treated as the tech 3rd world again as we were for the Nexus 4..




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  Reply # 820527 16-May-2013 11:08
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old3eyes: Here's hoping Kiwis can buy this via the Google Play store rather than be treated as the tech 3rd world again as we were for the Nexus 4..


Yeah pretty much this.
S4 on stock android... Im in :D

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  Reply # 820532 16-May-2013 11:17
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Nice! Big screen, SD slot, HDMI out, no operator approval for updates... this could finally be the device to replace my iPhone 4S :o

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  Reply # 820546 16-May-2013 11:31
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Seakiwi: Hmm, so we now effectively have a "Nexus" type device (ie Vanilla Android with Google provided updates) but with the one thing Google said the Nexus range wouldn't have .... expandable storage. Interesting, but will it be the US only model as implied earlier?


The thing I read said they would be releasing a new nexus based on the S4. It may not have expandable storage.

Google says the new phone is a variant of Samsung's Galaxy S4 phone, which was recently released.

from: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10883971

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  Reply # 820553 16-May-2013 11:41
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trig42: It may not have expandable storage.

One of the comments on The Verge was from someone who watched the announcement. He doesn't have the exact wording, but:

The line was something like “16GB of built in storage, able to be increased of course with the MicroSD slot…”

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