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  Reply # 820577 16-May-2013 12:15
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And as I understand it running 4.2.2.  Interesting Google did not announce a new version of Android with the phone.

Key Lime Pie seems a way off yet. 

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  Reply # 820615 16-May-2013 14:10
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I was watching the I/O keynote this morning.

It isn't a special new S4, just the AT&T and TMobile variants (pretty much the i9505) with unlocked bootloader and Google releasing the updates alongside the Nexus devices.

16Gb with expandable storage.

No word if it will be added to AOSP though.

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  Reply # 820637 16-May-2013 15:25
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bradstewart: I was watching the I/O keynote this morning.

It isn't a special new S4, just the AT&T and TMobile variants (pretty much the i9505) with unlocked bootloader and Google releasing the updates alongside the Nexus devices.

16Gb with expandable storage.

No word if it will be added to AOSP though.


It's not a normal SGS4 .  It runs pure Android 4.2  with no Touchwize overlay  so it's basically a Nexus device..




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  Reply # 820652 16-May-2013 15:41
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old3eyes:
bradstewart: I was watching the I/O keynote this morning.

It isn't a special new S4, just the AT&T and TMobile variants (pretty much the i9505) with unlocked bootloader and Google releasing the updates alongside the Nexus devices.

16Gb with expandable storage.

No word if it will be added to AOSP though.


It's not a normal SGS4 .  It runs pure Android 4.2  with no Touchwize overlay  so it's basically a Nexus device..


Yes it is well established it will be running stock Android.

My point was that it is a standard S4 hardware-wise. Just with an unlocked bootloader. Someone had asked if it would be a special hardware variant.

It is still not a Nexus though but it's close.

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  Reply # 820655 16-May-2013 15:50
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Has hardware spec been confirmed?

It would be very lucky for the consumer if the GE rom could simply be installed on any old i9505, surely google/samsung have got some form of protection albeit most likely not enough to hold back the dev's from making it happen :P

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  Reply # 820665 16-May-2013 15:53
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Wade: Has hardware spec been confirmed?

It would be very lucky for the consumer if the GE rom could simply be installed on any old i9505, surely google/samsung have got some form of protection albeit most likely not enough to hold back the dev's from making it happen :P


They are Qualcomm LTE devices so the ROMs should work. There really isn't any difference between the current AT&T/Tmobile ones and the International i9505.

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  Reply # 820743 16-May-2013 18:56
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I was going to stay with my GS3 and wait for the GS5 but if you can get updates directly from Google I will be buying an S4 once a 32gb model is available.

If Google don't release the 32gb version I assume you can flash the firmware onto a device that's not running pure Android?

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  Reply # 820748 16-May-2013 19:05
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Wade: Has hardware spec been confirmed?

It would be very lucky for the consumer if the GE rom could simply be installed on any old i9505, surely google/samsung have got some form of protection albeit most likely not enough to hold back the dev's from making it happen :P


I heard on one of the I/O podcasts that it is standard SGS4 hardware..




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  Reply # 820774 16-May-2013 20:02
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this is a 'game-changer'

smart move by samsung





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  Reply # 820775 16-May-2013 20:04
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Can't wait until it's released on XDA. I WAS thinking of selling my s4 when the note 3 came out but that's not happening if I can get this on my phone!



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  Reply # 820783 16-May-2013 20:19
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The HTC One is also looking to get the same treatment according to one of the feeds today, but without the SD and removable battery its really just another Nexus configuration, iAndroid.

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  Reply # 820784 16-May-2013 20:22
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kiwitrc: The HTC One is also looking to get the same treatment according to one of the feeds today, but without the SD and removable battery its really just another Nexus configuration, iAndroid.


Got a link?



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  Reply # 820785 16-May-2013 20:24
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blakamin:
kiwitrc: The HTC One is also looking to get the same treatment according to one of the feeds today, but without the SD and removable battery its really just another Nexus configuration, iAndroid.


Got a link?


Actually scratch that 

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  Reply # 820841 16-May-2013 22:12
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HTC 's loss here if they did this and not Samsung I'm sure it would of helped to drive sales of the HTC one.
I would of changed brands if they did.

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  Reply # 820902 17-May-2013 02:54
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a S4 minus the awesome samsung camera app, and any way to actually use air view .... ? pass..


related note, got hangouts updated, had to remove chat via titanium, and then was able to install hangouts off the play store ...

so i mean isn't this meant to unify all the messaging google apps? and yet you can start a hangout via the app ...and yr current chat threads wont show up in the G+ app "hangouts" .... :/


google music all access works happily from NZ btw ...much like the music android app has never really cared which region it's operating in, so doesn't all access ... if you can get to the web store via vpn, and use something like entropay as the payment type ... yr set, wont have to ever use a vpn again to use the thing, as long as you keep yr entropay account funded.


still annoys me how the region locking of the play store works .... music app doesn't care, web front ony checks yr IP .... phone store app however just wont let you in to the US store front period :/

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